DALLAS, Texas -- Orders for ATDynamics’ TrailerTail line of aerodynamic trailer fairings have exceeded 12,000 units to date, the company has announced. While the technology is not yet legal in Canada, more than 100 trucking fleets now operate TrailerTails across the US.
New orders for TrailerTails have surged by more than 500% in the first half of 2012, as compared to the same period in 2011, the company said.
“Fleets with TrailerTails are highly visible on US highways: one in every 200 high mileage trailers is now equipped with ATDynamics’ patented TrailerTail technology,” said Andrew Smith, CEO of ATDynamics. “Fleets pulling trailers with tails are earning three cents more for every highway mile travelled than their competitors, which is why we are seeing the rapid surge in adoption. Trailers with tails are the new normal for truckload carriers.”
ATDynamics says it predicts that in three to five years the majority of over-the-road semi-trailers will be equipped with aerodynamic tail technology. “Fleets without aerodynamic trailers are simply becoming less competitive,” added Smith.
“Companies who are not part of fuel efficiency changes will struggle at a minimum, or worst case they’ll simply not be a part of the future of trucking,” said Joe David Garza, head of compliance for San Juan, Texas-based Spirit Truck Lines. “It was an obvious choice to adopt TrailerTails as they had a positive impact on fuel efficiency and a relatively quick ROI.”