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March 2, 2022 10:50 AM, EST

NextGen EkoStinger Fairing Boosts Fuel Savings in Test

EkoStingerEkoStinger system for tractor-trailer aerodynamics. (EkoStinger)

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Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions, a provider of fuel economy testing and design and development services for the trucking industry, announced that the NextGen EkoStinger, an aerodynamic fairing for Class 8 tractor-trailers, boosted fuel mileage.

Testing in November 2021 demonstrated that the technology resulted in a fuel savings of 5.72 gallons per 1,000 miles, or 5.3%, according to MVTS.

The new one-piece design with polyethylene sits underneath the trailer in front of the rear wheels and slides with varying tandem positions. It is 2 feet shorter and weighs less compared with the predecessor. It is partially open, allowing a sightline to the bottom of the trailer and easier access for inspection.

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Tests were conducted on 2019 International LT 625 with Cummins X15 15-liter engines and Eaton Endurant 12-speed automated manual transmission pulling a 53-foot dry van.

MVTS is a subsidiary of Mesilla Valley Transportation.

Mesilla Valley Transportation ranks No. 78 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

EkoStinger designs and manufactures aerodynamic devices for 48- and 53-foot dry van and refrigerated trailers. It is based in East Rochester, N.Y. — Transport Topics