ATDynamics Projects 200,000 Semi-Trailers to Operate With Fuel Saving
TrailerTail Aerodynamics Technology by 2017
TrailerTails Recognized as a Key Component of US Department of Energy
HAYWARD, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/10/14 -- 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
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
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 (NYSE: WNC). 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
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
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