Aerodynamics

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September 11, 2014

Western Star Breaks the Mold with the 5700XE (Video)

Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.

August 26, 2014

Driving A SuperTruck

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

August 22, 2014

SmartTruck TopKit Offers 'Near-invisible" Aero Improvement for Trailers

SmartTruck's new TopKit system aerodynamic device is a "nearly invisible" system for improving fuel efficiency on dry-van and refrigerated trailers.

August 13, 2014

Volvo’s Enhanced 2016 VN Series Trucks Tout Increased Fuel Efficiency

Volvo announced several enhancements to the 2016 VN Series highway tractors designed to improve fuel efficiency compared to previous generations.

June 17, 2014

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Equipment

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

June 7, 2014

SAE 2014 ComVec Features Aerodynamic Panel Discussion

Aerodynamics panel discussion brings industry experts and regulators together for a panel discussion and question and answer session.

May 9, 2014

One Fleet's Quest for Fuel Savings

Royal Jones was an 18-year-old truck driver when he founded a trucking company in 1981 with truck mechanic Jimmy Ray. The two, who also were race car drivers, Webb said, "were early on obsessed with aerodynamics and fuel efficiency."

April 10, 2014

Con-way Freight Deploying Trailer Skirts

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced it is outfitting its line haul trailer fleet with DuraPlate AeroSkirts to increase overall fleet fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

April 3, 2014

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

April 2, 2014

University of Tennessee Confirms 6% Fuel Savings for SmartTruck

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck says computational fluid dynamic tests show its undertray aero device produces fuel savings of better than 6%.

April 1, 2014

Video: The Building of the Freightliner Revolution Innovation Concept Truck

Walmart's WAVE concept truck made a splash at the Great Dane booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show last week, but it wasn't the first to come up with a streamlined concept truck designed around a single driver. Two years ago it was Freightliner's Revolution generating buzz at MATS, and we ran across this video about the thought and design behind it.

March 31, 2014

SmartTruck Says UnderTray System Provides SmartWay Elite Level Savings

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck’s UT6Plus aerodynamic device provides the fuel saving performance required by EPA SmartWay to deliver at least 9% improvement in fuel economy, qualifying for SmartWay's new Elite level.

March 29, 2014

Kentucky Trailer to Offer Trailer Tail DropFrame Aero Fairings

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- ATDynamics and Kentucky Trailer say they’ve formed a partnership to offer the DropFrame version of the TrailerTail as a standard order option on new trailer orders.

March 26, 2014

Kenworth T680 Advantage Improves Fuel Economy Up To 5%

MATS, LOUISVILLE – Kenworth is introducing its new Kenworth T680 Advantage. The Kenworth T680 Advantage – Kenworth’s new, most fuel-efficient truck – features a special factory-installed aerodynamic package along with the optimized powertrain combination of the Paccar MX-13 engine.

March 12, 2014

EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program

TMC, NASHVILLE – The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency.

March 12, 2014

Supercenter Fleet Super at Collaboration

Meijer’s David Hoover finds working with suppliers and dedicated fleets makes innovation easier.

March 12, 2014

Innovation In The Details

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

March 10, 2014

TrailerTails Gain Acceptance, Should Total 200,000 by 2017, ATDynamics Says

TMC, NASHVILLE -- ATDynamics says North American fleets are on track to order 50,000 TrailerTail aerodynamic devices this year, and there’ll be 200,000 on the road by 2017. More than 350 fleets have deployed the aerodynamic devices in the last three years, including numerous Top 100 for-hire and private fleets.

March 6, 2014

XTRA Lease Adds New Corrosion-Fighting Trailers in 2014

XTRA Lease has ordered approximately 5,000 new trailers for 2014, most of which will be built with corrosion-fighting galvanized steel components. The company is adding a mix of dry vans, liftgated vans and reefers equipped with new fuel-saving Thermo King Precedent reefer units.

March 6, 2014

Transtex Introduces Edge Trailer Skirts

Transtex Composite announced the immediate availability of its new Edge trailer skirts. Edge trailer skirts come with an unconditional 15-­year warranty.

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