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Mesilla Valley Transportation Adopts ATDynamics’ TrailerTail(R)
Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) is well on their way to having the most fuel-efficient fleet in the industry. MVT recently announced that it is equipping its full fleet of 3,500 long-haul trailers with TrailerTail® rear air drag reducing aerodynamics technology from ATDynamics, Inc.
The multi-million dollar investment by MVT is the largest after-market refurbishment of rear-drag reduction technology in the history of the freight transportation industry. The initiative will reduce the diesel fuel burned by MVT’s fleet by over 1 million gallons annually with fuel cost savings of over $3 million at current diesel prices. It will cut CO2 emissions by over 11,000 tons annually – equivalent to taking over 2,000 cars off American roads.
In May of 2010, President Obama instructed the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency to collaborate with industry with the goal to increase fuel efficiency of tractor trailers by 25%. ATDynamics’ trailer aerodynamics packages, including TrailerTails®, can deliver 12% fuel efficiency, or nearly half of that goal.
“In our industry, being more efficient means being more competitive. Mesilla Valley has demonstrated innovation in the freight industry since it’s founding and is committed to operating the most efficient fleet in the country,” said Royal Jones, CEO of Mesilla Valley Transportation. “This trailer technology is cost-effective, reliable and available today. The fuel savings we get from TrailerTails® provide a 50-100% return on capital investment in one year.”
“A trailer without a tail is a trailer which is wasting fuel,” noted Andrew Smith, Founder and CEO of ATDynamics. “The new composite TrailerTail® design is durable, easy to install, operate and maintain. In addition to significant fuel savings, TrailerTails® have the critical safety benefits of reducing spray at the rear of trailers in wet weather and encouraging safer driving distance between the rigid steel frame of trailers and passenger vehicles. Rear drag aerodynamics technology will save America’s long haul freight sector over $3 billion a year in fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase our energy independence and create thousands of green jobs right here at home.”
Engineered by ATDynamics, the TrailerTail® alone is proven to increase tractor-trailer fuel efficiency by 6.58% at 65 mph, based on third-party SAE J1321 testing. The technology operates by reducing low-pressure suction drag at the rear of a Class 8 tractor-trailer. Used in tandem with ATDynamics-Transtex trailer skirting and other trailer aerodynamics enhancements, the TrailerTail® enables tractor-trailers to achieve fuel savings of 12%. There are more practical considerations for drivers. “Having the TrailerTail is like having an extra 30 horsepower for drivers when they start to pass,” Jones stated.
When in use, the TrailerTail® extends four feet from the rear of the trailer, and collapses flush against the trailer doors in less than four seconds when drivers need access to the rear doors of the trailer. The technology received safety approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2008. MVT’s first 200 TrailerTail® units hit the road in August, with the remaining 3,300 units deployed over the next 12 months.
For a video demonstrating the TrailerTail® visit atdynamics.com/video.htms