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  • 20-Feb-2018

AIRPower

Abstract

AIRPower would build advanced electric powertrain systems for heavy-duty, also known as class 8 trucks. The Intelligent Airflow Channeling Technology (IACT) is an integrated system designed to replace the heavy-duty truck’s current diesel engine and transmission with electrically driven motors and generators, batteries, telemetry, and software systems controls. Our concept uses clean energy to produce clean energy. Solar and ambient air will be the energy source that will generate the electricity that will be stored in Lithium-ion battery packs.

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Who is your customer?

Manufacturers of heavy duty trucks. Commercial fleets. Aftermarket.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

32% of all CO2 emissions is due to transportation and 5% of all vehicles - which are the heavy-duty trucks - produce 23% of all transportation emissions. These heavy-duty trucks emit more than 833 billion pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. Class 7 and 8 trucks account for 60 percent of the fuel used by all on-road trucks. Class 7-8 tractor-trailers are responsible for 12% of the total U.S. consumption of petroleum. These trucks drive mostly on highways at speeds of 65 mph, get 6.5 mpg, and average 100,000 miles per year. By comparison, class 3 to class 6 fully loaded delivery trucks require less than a third of the power to operate at a constant urban speed of 40 mph, and they average about 40,000 miles per year. Truck owners and operators have always looked for ways to save money on fuel and repairs. Now truck manufacturers and truck owners also need to begin planning to comply with the new regulation established by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This regulation creates standards that will result in significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions and fuel efficiency improvements.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

AIRPower’s Intelligent Air Channeling Technology (IACT) electric powertrain would help heavy-duty truck owners save money on fuel and on repairs while reducing air pollution. The IACT would allow for truck owners and manufacturers to comply with the recent rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that requires heavy-duty trucks reduce emissions by 25% within the next decade. AIRPower’s IACT would be the most electric powertrain for heavy-duty trucks in the market. Most electric powertrains are based on batteries that are plugged into a power source for charging. Since the IACT relies on green sources of energy to produce clean energy, it creates a net zero carbon effect. The IACT would cost less than half of the competitors’ powertrains and has the potential of reaching ROI within 1 year.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

The co-founders are passionate about sustainability. They have worked together on other startups. One has a Master of Science in Engineering. We have experience designing, building, and testing a similar system for a commercial jetliner manufacturer. The extended team and collaborators include a research scientist, university engineering professors, automotive engineers, environmental engineer, and an attorney. AIRPower’s ecosystem is supported by corporations, universities, and individuals that have a passion for sustainability. We share a common belief that we can all do well by doing good.