LOUISVILLE, Ky. — ATDynamics CEO Andrew Smith is heartened by the fact that he no longer has to explain the workings of aerodynamics. Instead, he said the company is selling its fuel-saving products and he announced a new partnership by his company and Aurora Parts & Accessories to make ATDynamics’ complete line of fuel-efficiency technologies available at more than 400 trailer dealership locations serviced by Aurora.
In fact, noted Smith, there have been more interest in and sales of the company’s aerodynamic products in the past two months than in the past twelve. Not surprisingly, California, the home of stringent environmental guidelines by the California Air Resources Board or CARB, has been the site of some of the most interest and buying activity, he said.
The new agreement he announced will provide fleet customers with expanded purchase and installation options for U.S. EPA SmartWay-verified aerodynamic devices including the ATDynamics-Transtex Skirts and the TrailerTail, both CARB-approved, according to the company.
“We chose to carry the ATDynamics product line after a thorough review of the marketplace,” said Shelley Sheagley, director of marketing for Aurora. “Our distributors and fleet customers now have nationwide access to leading trailer aerodynamics equipment.”
Other ATDynamics products to be offered through Aurora include the SuperSpare, which provides easy access to any type of spare tire stored beneath a trailer equipped with aerodynamic skirts including fuel-efficient, wide-based super-single tires.
“High-mileage fleets now realize that aerodynamic trailers are critical to their business success,” said Smith.
He told reporters during a press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show here that for high-mileage fleets, such as the U.S. Postal Service for example, return-on-investment could be six months or less while a company with more regional routes could expect an ROI of two to three years.
The ATDynamics-Transtex Skirts improve fuel efficiency by an estimated 7.35 percent based on SAE J1321 testing. The TrailerTail was tested to have gains of 5.1 percent.
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