ATDynamics chief executive officer Andrew Smith says the company’s rear-mounted TrailerTail aerodynamic fairings continue to fix the shape of the of the modern semi-trailer. In independent SAE Type II testing, Smith says TrailerTail fairings boosted tractor-trailer fuel economy by 0.4 mpg — savings which can deliver between $10,000 and $30,000 back over the life of the trailer.
“And that’s assuming fuel prices stay around $4 a gallon,” Smith adds. “Obviously, those savings go higher as fuel prices increase.” Regardless of fuel prices, Smith says TrailerTail aerodynamic technology has proven so effective that most fleets and owner-operators see a one- to two-year return on investment.
At The Great American Truck Show in Dallas on Aug. 24, Smith announced that ATDynamics has now sold in excess of 12,000 TrailerTail units to more than 100 truck fleets. Smith said the company has seen a surge of new orders this year — up 500 percent in the first half of 2012 compared with orders taken last year.
Smith says ATDynamics predicts than in three to five years, the majority of over-the-road fleets will be equipped with aerodynamic tail technology. “Trailers with tails are the new normal for truckload carriers,” he says. “Fleets without tails on their trailers are simply becoming less effective.”