trailer aerodynamics

Business, Technology, Equipment

Don't Skirt Proper Maintenance on Trailer Aero Devices, Experts Say

Truck Skirt Strehl LLC

Trailer side skirts and various types of air deflectors, which are intended to boost a tractor-trailer’s aerodynamic efficiency, will save motor carriers more fuel with frequent inspections and proper repairs.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Equipment

Stemco Offers Automatic TrailerTail

Trailers Shutterstock

Stemco Products Inc. announced its TrailerTail Automatic fuel-saving system, the newest version of its signature TrailerTail products. It deploys automatically when the trailer reaches 35 mph.

Transport Topics
April 23, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tractor Aerodynamics Continue to Improve

FlowBelow AeroKit FlowBelow's aero equipment on display at a truck show in 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Comparatively speaking, today’s over-the-road tractors are slick machines.Improved aerodynamics enables them to slide through the air better than any earlier generation while offering the potential for double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
January 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

XStream Launches Articulated Device to Close Tractor-Trailer Gap

The XStream tractor-trailer aerodymanic device The XStream tractor-trailer aerodymanic device. (XStream Trucking Inc.)

XStream Trucking Inc. launched its aerodynamic device called TruckWings to address the gap between a Class 8 truck and trailer when at highway speeds.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 13, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment

EPA, TTMA Duel in Court Filings Over GHG Phase 2 Trailer Rules

C.R. England trailer aerodynamics C.R. England

In dueling court filings, Environmental Protection Agency lawyers said they want to postpone the start of a federal appeals court case on the trailer section of the Phase 2 greenhouse gas rule while trailer makers are eager to see the new rule scrapped.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
September 26, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Speedy Change for GHG Phase 2 Not Expected

Trailer aerodynamics Provisions in the Phase 2 rule under EPA review include trailer aerodynamics such as this. (Ridge Corp.)

A notice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit parts of the Phase 2 final rule on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks isn’t likely to create changes quickly, as the agency has not presented plans for expedited action and environmental groups are vowing to pursue a challenge in a federal appeals court — once the case is no longer being held in abeyance.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 31, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

EPA Will Revisit Phase 2 Trailer, Glider Rules

Strick trailer under construction A Strick trailer under construction. (Roger W. Gilroy/Transport Topics)

In a move to respond to concerns by the trailer and glider industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it plans to “revisit” its Phase 2 provisions on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency for medium- and heavy-duty engines.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2017
Business, Equipment

Ridge, FlexSys to Apply Shape-Morphing to Truck Aerodynamics

Green Wing trailer side skirt Ridge Corp.

Ridge Corp. teamed with aerospace technology company FlexSys Inc. to apply its advanced technology to aerodynamic devices used in the trucking industry to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.

Transport Topics
June 29, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

US Xpress to Make SmartTruck Feature Standard on 2017 Trailer Builds

SmartTruck announced truckload carrier U.S. Xpress will include its fuel-saving TopKit Aero System on all its trailer builds in 2017.

Transport Topics
June 20, 2017
Technology, Business, Government, Fuel, Equipment, Safety

Adoption of Trailer Aerodynamics Continues to Grow, Report Finds

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.

Fleets have ramped up their investments in trailer aerodynamics systems in recent years to improve fuel economy, and federal regulations are expected to drive further adoption, a new report found.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 18, 2016