According to Carrier Transicold, the AeroFlex trailer side fairings have been demonstrated to improve fuel economy by 7.5 percent. A verified EPA SmartWay technology, fairings are now required on many trailers operated in California.
Available for standard as well as refrigerated trailers, patent-pending AeroFlex fairings are made of impact-resistant, flexible thermoplastic olefin plastic. The material is UV stabilized for prolonged outdoor use. The flexibility of the material, coupled with a 180-degree top hinge, allows the low-clearance fairings to flex and withstand both side and bottom impacts, the company says. AeroFlex fairings have a three-year limited warranty, backed by Carrier's coast-to-coast dealer network.
Weighing 160 pounds, AeroFlex fairings can be installed in a five-degree angled configuration to more efficiently divert airflow along the side of the trailer, away from drag-inducing rear wheels, axle components and cross members.
"Another example of Carrier Transicold's EcoDriven energy and environmental solutions, side fairings reduce fuel consumption, which has a corresponding effect on reduced greenhouse gas emissions," said Jason Forman, senior product development manager, Carrier Transicold Performance Parts Group. "They are an important consideration for fleets and owner-operators who want to achieve EPA SmartWay compliance."
In 2007, Carrier Transicold became the first nationwide distributor of Freight Wing's original aluminum "gap" and side fairings, products the company continues to offer.
For more information, visit www.transportparts.carrier.com.