ATDynamics, the leading global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology, announced today that it will provide its market-proven TrailerTail®aerodynamics te ATDynamics chnology to the European trucking market. Ten thousand TrailerTails have operated over 300 million miles on U.S. highways, saving the U.S. trucking industry two million gallons of diesel to date that would otherwise be wasted overcoming the aerodynamic drag experienced by box-shaped semi-trailers. ATDynamics is working with European regulators, trailer manufacturers and trucking fleets to ensure the compliance of maximum efficiency TrailerTail technology with EU highway regulations.
ATDynamics will demonstrate TrailerTail technology in booth # 25 A08 from September 18-27, 2012 at the 64th Annual International Motor Show (IAA).
ATDynamics is entering the European market with two TrailerTail technologies: a 50-centimeter (20-inch) device called TrailerTail “Eco50” that will be compliant with European regulation Directive 97/27/EC, which is expected to be passed in November 2012 and the longer, safer and more efficient 122-centimeter (4-foot) device used in the United States, marketed as the “Eco120” in Europe. ATDynamics is strongly encouraging European regulators to allow a minimum 122-centimeter length exemption for rear-mounted aerodynamic devices. ATDynamics estimates that the European continent would increase its fuel bill by over $3 billion annually by only permitting the 50-centimeter device. Pilot units are currently available to European trucking fleets.
“Building a sustainable global transportation system will require rapid innovation and significant international collaboration,” said Andrew Smith, CEO of ATDynamics, Inc. “TrailerTail is a proven technology which can be implemented immediately by the international community and we look forward to continued work with trucking fleets, trailer manufacturers, regulators, environmental groups and safety advocates to re-invent the shape of the modern semi-trailer.”
TrailerTails adopted on the two million long-haul semi-trailers operating across Europe would reduce transport carbon emissions by nine million metric tons annually and would save European trucking fleets an estimated $6.5 billion in diesel fuel per year. TrailerTails add additional safety benefits by improving vehicle stability in high winds, reducing spray in wet weather and creating a collapsible “crumple-zone” at the rear of trailers to reduce fatal rear-impact collisions.
The 4-foot TrailerTails have demonstrated five to seven percent fuel savings at highway speeds in multiple SAE Type 2 J1321 tests conducted by independent third party testing organizations in the United States. The fuel economy of ATDynamics’ TrailerTail “Eco120” was also tested in Europe earlier in 2012 through a partnership with TNT Express and leading Dutch trailer aerodynamics company, Ephicas, in which six percent fuel savings were reported over a five-month testing period.
Using a patented, origami folding design, TrailerTails collapse automatically out of the way when a driver opens the rear doors of a semi-trailer to access cargo. The devices are made of flexible, lightweight thermoplastic composite materials, can be installed by two people in less than one hour and are available for new trailers or retrofits. Drivers can collapse TrailerTails against the rear doors of a semi-trailer to eliminate additional vehicle length in high traffic areas.
About ATDynamics, Inc.
ATDynamics is the leading global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology. Its flagship rear-drag reduction technology, TrailerTail, was first released in 2008 and is part of a suite of products engineered to reduce the fuel consumption of the freight transportation industry. Based in Hayward, 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, member of the American Trucking Association’s Technology Maintenance Council and is a key partner in the DOE funded Super Truck initiative. For more information visit: www.atdynamics.com.