SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Carrier Transicold is now offering AeroFlex fairings through its North American dealer network.
Officials say the side fairings, developed by Freight Wing, have demonstrated up to 7.5% improved fuel economy for tractor-trailers. As a verified EPA SmartWay technology, fairings are now required on many trailers operated in California.
Available for standard as well as refrigerated trailers, the fairings are made of impact-resistant, flexible TPO (thermoplastic olefin) plastic that officials say “maintains a good appearance over the long haul.” The material is UV stabilized for prolonged outdoor use. The flexibility of the material, coupled with a 180-degree top hinge, is designed to allow the low-clearance fairings to flex and withstand both side and bottom impacts. AeroFlex fairings have a three-year limited warranty.
AeroFlex fairings can be installed in a five-degree angled configuration; a “wedge” configuration designed to divert airflow along the side of the trailer, away from drag-inducing rear wheels, axle components and cross members more efficiently. Designed for ease of installation, officials say the fairings can easily be modified to accommodate under-trailer fuel tanks in refrigerated trailer installations.
“Another example of Carrier Transicold’s EcoDriven energy and environmental solutions, side fairings reduce fuel consumption, which has a corresponding effect on reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jason Forman, senior product development manager, Carrier Transicold Performance Parts Group. “They are an important consideration for fleets and owner/operators who want to achieve EPA SmartWay compliance. Although SmartWay compliance is voluntary in the United States, California’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation calls for SmartWay compliance of 53-ft trailers used in the state.”
“AeroFlex fairings are a terrific option, whether you are working toward compliance or just focused on improving fuel efficiency,” he added. As a SmartWay-verified technology, AeroFlex fairings qualify for low-interest SmartWay financing.
In 2007, Carrier Transicold became the first nationwide distributor of Freight Wing’s original aluminum “gap” and side fairings, which the company still offers.
“For decades, Carrier has been incorporating sustainability into its products and operations. We are pleased to leverage that expertise together with Freight Wing, Inc. to offer innovative, sustainable solutions to the marketplace,” said John Mandyck, Carrier’s vice-president for sustainability and environmental strategies.
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