I guess it looks good. The fact remains,, we need to stop long haul trucking. Only use them for Local and reginal PUD. The trains need to be doing the heavy cross country stuff.
Trains??? Railroads are a monopoly, and they give terrible service. We ship fertilizer around the country, and you cannot believe what a royal pain in the arse rail shipments are.
First, to get a rail car from our plant (south of Boston, MA) to Selkirk, NY takes 7 days! A round trip to Baltimore takes 28 days. This is abysmal service, and we have to maintain a huge fleet of leased cars because they're always tied up in transit.
Second, the price difference between trucking and rail is relatively small.
Third, few of our customers have rail sidings.
Fourth, shipping on two different railroads costs more than trucking. It's OK if we just ship on CSX, but add a short leg on Norfolk Southern, for example, and the price goes out of sight.
I have a better idea: Abolish railroads and ship everything in tandem and triple trailer trucks. Multi - trailers are a lot more efficient than singles.
Capitalism: The cream rises. Socialism: The scum rises.
I like how the driver compartment looks, much like this style of small helicopter:
Although, what about the engine? Is is midengined? I think a midengine design would be good in the absence of a load (i.e. handling). It seems if the driver position could be variable in height further gains would be possible (It appears unnecessary to be so high up all the time, and a midlevel position looks optimal to influence the downwind airflow of the cargo).
Again, I like the looks of this and assume the crash characteristics (materials) prevent its construction.
Aerodynamics of trucks should of come along much further than it has, it seems the box styling has move into overall passenger vehicles unfortunately.
I saved a pdf entitled "Aerodynamic drag of heavy vehicles (class 7-8): simulation and benchmarking." It includes testing of a small boattail. I think a clear inflatable "bladder" that has an optimized shape would work well for a semi trailer rear.
If I recall correctly, long ago on Discovery channel's beyond 2000, the dead space between the driver cab and the cargo box was proposed to be shortened during transit (at speed) and extended at low speeds to allow turning.