LOUISVILLE, Ky. — SmartTruck has announced its UT6Plus trailer undertray device is the only standalone product to meet SmartWay’s new Elite-level standard, providing a 9% fuel savings.
The US EPA SmartWay program recently announced a new Elite level to recognize devices that provide 9% fuel savings.
“The new Elite level from SmartWay is a very aggressive performance level for a single product,” said Mike Henderson, chief scientist for SmartTruck. “While there are a wide variety of aerodynamic products out in the market from a host of companies that can be pieced together and added to a trailer to deliver SmartWay qualifying savings, our SmartTruck UT6Plus product is a ‘one-stop-shop’ to attain SmartWay Elite status.”
SmartTruck has introduced a 15-year warranty for its UnderTray products. According to the company, some fleets are looking to undertray devices to replace other trailer fairings.
“Once we completed our fuel testing of SmartTruck’s UT6Plus, we made the decision to remove our skirts and tails and replace them with SmartTruck’s product,” said Randolph Crowder, vice-president of maintenance for Carolina Cargo. “The overall fuel savings were greater, and it was clear to us that the maintenance and durability was far superior.”
SmartTruck also announced recent independent testing conducted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s National Center for Computational Engineering, showed its base UT6 undertray system provided a 6% fuel savings.
“The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Sim Center is a widely recognized aerodynamics and computing leader in the academic world,” said Henderson. “Their studies and reputation are held in high esteem in the trucking industry and beyond, so we’re encouraged by the testing results, which are right in line with our internal testing and other third-party testing of our suite of aerodynamic products.”