Tractor-Trailer Attachment conserves fuel by reducing drag.
October 22, 2010 -
Exempt from US DOT length restrictions based on review by NHTSA and FHWA, TrailerTail® Model 2011 helps decrease trucking industry fuel expenditure by reducing aerodynamic drag behind tractor-trailers. Use increases fuel efficiency by 6.6% according to SAE Type II testing, validated by US EPA. Featuring thermoplastic composite material and collapsible origami architecture, product also enhances truck stability by streamlining airflow and visibility by reducing rear wheel spray.
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ATDynamics Introduces Next Generation TrailerTail® at American Trucking Association Conference
TrailerTail® Model 2011 Provides Increased Fuel Efficiency of 6.6%
-- TrailerTail® Model 2011 can reduce US trucking industry fuel expenditures by >$20 billion over 10 years by reducing aerodynamic drag behind tractor-trailers.
-- Features ultra-light thermoplastic composite material and collapsible origami architecture.
-- Provides 6.6% fuel efficiency according to third party testing.
-- ATDynamics' US manufacturing capacity expanded to roll out >1,600 TrailerTail® units over by end of Q1, 2011.
-- Over 750,000 problem-free miles logged to date.
-- ATDynamics providing 90-day risk-free offer to accelerate fleet adoption of fuel saving technology.
ATDynamics, Inc. today introduced the next generation TrailerTail® Model 2011 at the American Trucking Association's Management Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona, the premier trade gathering for the freight transportation industry.
The TrailerTail® 2011 is the latest offering by ATDynamics, Inc., which has pioneered the use of aerodynamic fairings at rear of trailers to address rear drag as part of an industry wide emphasis on greater fuel efficiency.
The TrailerTail® 2011 employs state-of-the-art aerodynamic design, ultra-light thermoplastic composite materials and a collapsible origami architecture that achieves the highest fuel efficiency of any rear drag reduction device ever commercially offered in the industry. Since September 2010, the TrailerTail® Model 2011 has logged 750,000 highway miles, saving thousands of gallons of diesel with no reported performance, handling or driver issues.
On September 6th, ATDynamics announced the largest sale of rear-drag trailer aerodynamics technology in the history of the US freight transportation industry when Mesilla Valley Transportation, a top 100 US trucking fleet based in Las Cruces, NM, began installations of TrailerTail® 2011 technology on its entire fleet of 3,500 trailers. This investment will reduce diesel fuel burned by Mesilla Valley over 1 million gallons annually and will cut CO2 emissions by over 11,000 tons annually -- equivalent to taking over 2,000 cars off American roads.
"Competitive trucking fleets are putting tails on trailers because they save fuel and meet the rugged durability requirements of the industry," noted Andrew F. Smith, CEO of ATDynamics, Inc. "Mesilla Valley Transportation is saving a growing amount of fuel every day as it retrofits 3,500 trailers with a return on investment approaching 100% annually. Other fleets are taking notice -- over 14 US fleets and two major European trailer manufacturers are testing the TrailerTail® for fleet-wide deployment or integration into the design and production of next-generation trailers. Rear air drag reduction is increasingly recognized as the largest cost saving opportunity for fleets to increase fuel efficiency. When combined with side skirts and other aerodynamic modifications, trailer aerodynamics equipment can deliver over 12% fuel economy improvement to trucking fleets."
ATDynamics is showcasing the TrailerTail® Model 2011 on a Mesilla Valley Transportation trailer at booth #931 at the American Trucking Association's Management Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona between October 17-19, 2010.
ATDynamics is a leading innovator of trailer aerodynamics technology. Its flagship TrailerTail® drag reduction technology, first released in 2008, is part of a suite of products engineered to reduce the fuel consumption of the freight transportation industry. Based in South San Francisco, California, ATDynamics is the recipient of numerous innovation awards and is a founding member of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. ATDynamics is an affiliate of the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership and a member of the American Trucking Association's Technology Maintenance Council. For more information, visit www.atdynamics.com.