ATDynamics, a leading global supplier of semi-trailer aerodynamics technology, today announced that the company projects, based on current trucking fleet adoption trends, that 200,000 semi-trailers will be equipped with fuel saving TrailerTail(R) technology by the end of 2017.
TrailerTail technology, which reduces aerodynamic drag at the back of tractor-trailers and improves vehicle fuel efficiency by approximately five percent, has been incorporated into three of the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck Projects, recently highlighted by President Obama last month in his call for higher fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks.
“We are honored that TrailerTail technology has been recognized by the Department of Energy SuperTruck teams as a key component of next generation tractor-trailers and that our efforts to change the shape of the modern semi-trailer have succeeded,” said Andrew Smith, CEO and Founder of ATDynamics. “Fleet demand for TrailerTail equipment has surged and we are committed to ensuring that our customers achieve maximum fuel savings and carbon emission reductions.”
ATDynamics, a Silicon Valley based clean tech company, launched the patented thermoplastic composite TrailerTail design in 2010. Motorists in key freight corridors in the United States now see TrailerTails on a daily basis. At present, 350 US trucking companies, including top 100 US fleets such as Mesilla Valley Transportation, Prime Inc., Roehl Transport and C.R. England, operate approximately 20,000 semi-trailers with TrailerTails. Each installed TrailerTail offsets approximately the fuel consumption equivalent of removing one passenger vehicle from the road.
“The primary reason that the shape of semi-trailers will change is that TrailerTails pay for themselves in 6 to 24 months, depending on the operating profile of the fleet,” commented Smith. “Investment opportunities that pay 50 to 200 percent annual returns tend to drive action.”
The SuperTruck Project is a five year initiative sponsored by the US Department of Energy to increase the freight efficiency of tractor-trailers by at least 50 percent. Addressing the low pressure suction drag at the back of tractor-trailers, which acts as a vacuum and significantly reduces fuel economy, is a key part of meeting the project goal.
The US EPA SmartWay program verifies transportation technologies in either a one or five percent fuel savings category. ATDynamics anticipates that the EPA will soon offer guidance on new higher fuel efficiency thresholds to meet President Obama’s orders to reduce the road freight industry’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Through combination packages of TrailerTails and trailer skirts, which reduce aerodynamic drag under the vehicle, ATDynamics is able to offer trucking fleets immediate 9 to11 percent fuel savings.
TrailerTail technology is available from major semi-trailer manufacturers such as Wabash National Corporation. The safety and environmental benefits of TrailerTail technology in the United States is now influencing 31 countries worldwide to upgrade vehicle length regulations to allow rear-drag aerodynamics technology.
About ATDynamics, Inc.
ATDynamics is the leading global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology. Its flagship rear-drag reduction technology, TrailerTail, 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