HAYWARD, Calif. and SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — ATDynamics, a global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology, has announced that Prime inc., Top 100 U.S. trucking fleet, has ordered 2,500 additional TrailerTail Trident rear-drag aerodynamic devices to be installed on its new Utility refrigerated trailers delivered through June 2015, making this the largest deployment of TrailerTails on refrigerated trailers in ATDynamics’ company history.
“We confirmed TrailerTail fuel efficiency in 2012 at the Goodyear Proving Grounds and have already deployed over 1,800 TrailerTails in our fleet,” said Paul Higgins, director of maintenance for Prime. “We have been very pleased with the product’s overall performance and have now made TrailerTail technology a standard specification for all new trailers. Our drivers have quickly recognized the fuel savings and safety benefits and are eager to haul TrailerTail-equipped trailers.”
According to ATDynamics, TrailerTail Trident is ATDynamics’ 3-foot-long, three-sided TrailerTail model that is verified by EPA SmartWay to deliver over 5 percent fuel savings at 65 miles per hour. Prime’s trailers with TrailerTails and skirts will qualify for SmartWay’s highest efficiency “Elite” category with fuel savings from trailer aerodynamics at 9 percent or greater.
“ATDynamics has worked closely with Prime on their TrailerTail rollout and we are honored to be their preferred provider for rear-drag aerodynamics,” said Andrew Smith, CEO and founder of ATDynamics. “Prime is a forward-thinking company and has seized this opportunity to gain a competitive edge from increased profits both for itself and its drivers, while simultaneously reducing the carbon emissions of its fleet.”
By mid-2015, Prime will have outfitted over 50 percent of its 9,000 refrigerated trailer fleet with TrailerTail technology, delivering the equivalent fuel savings and environmental benefits of taking approximately 4,000 passenger vehicles off the road, officials said.
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