A thriving trucking industry is key to US economic growth. Trucks currently
transport some 70% of US freight tonnage. PACCAR is the second largest
manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks in North America and offers high quality trucks
under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. Improving transport efficiency
remains a strong focus for the company. Significant improvements in fuel efficiency
and substantial reductions in environmental impacts have been achieved over recent
decades. These improvements have been achieved by optimization of the truck and
its subsystems including engine, aero and powertrain integration.
In his current role, Carl Hergart oversees the Advanced Powertrain development
for PACCAR in North America, and his organization also supports company
initiatives in the realm of ergonomics and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
Prior to joining PACCAR in 2014, Carl spent 17 years at Ford, GM and Caterpillar
in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently leading groups in the areas of
combustion, aftertreatment (emissions management) and air systems.
In recent years Advanced Predictive Features have been introduced, with GPS
offering fuel economy improvements. Currently hybridization and electrification
are being explored to improve fuel efficiency. With increased automation and
connectivity, today’s trucks have access to a wealth of information that is leading to
opportunities in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and prognostics.
Carl received his Ph.D. from Aachen University in Germany, specializing in cylinder
modeling of diesel engines.