HAYWARD, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 11, 2012) - ATDynamics, the leading global supplier of tractor-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technologies, and Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT), a top 100 U.S. trucking fleet, jointly announced today that MVT has completed the retrofit of its entire fleet of 4,000 tractor-trailers with fuel saving TrailerTail® aerodynamic technology, manufactured by ATDynamics. MVT has operated the TrailerTails in its fleet for more than one year and the fleet wide deployment of TrailerTails now saves in excess of one million gallons of diesel fuel annually. The fuel savings realized will result in a payback period of less than 14 months on the capital investment.
Trucking accounts for approximately 15 percent of fuel usage in the United States and over 70 percent of all U.S. goods are transported by truck, including everything from food and clothing to electronics and major appliances. Moreover, fuel costs account for approximately 30 to 40 percent of a trucking company's operating expenses. ATDynamics projects that TrailerTail technology will save the trucking industry over $20 billion in fuel expenditures over the next decade.
TrailerTail is a lightweight, thermoplastic composite fairing installed at the back of a tractor-trailer to streamline airflow behind the trailer, reducing aerodynamic drag and reducing fuel consumption by 6.6 percent (at 65 mph). TrailerTails reduce fuel costs for trucking companies and ultimately help control rising costs for consumers as transportation costs can account for up to 15 percent of retail prices.
MVT transports products for dozens of well-known brands including Sony, Toshiba, Dell, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Budweiser, Lowes and Home Depot.
"We were an early adopter of this technology, when nearly two years ago many of our industry peers raised an eyebrow at our decision to retrofit our entire fleet with TrailerTails, but today virtually every sizable fleet on the road is evaluating or beginning to adopt ATDynamics' technology," said Royal Jones, CEO of Mesilla Valley Transportation. "ATDynamics' TrailerTails have been an integral part of our strategy to operate 25 percent more efficiently than the industry average in order to benefit our bottom line, our drivers' compensation, the national economy and consumers' wallets."
Independent, third party agencies have tested and verified TrailerTail performance, including the Goodyear Proving Grounds in Texas, FPInnovations Energotest in Canada and the Automotive Research Center (ARC) in Indiana. ATDynamics has won numerous clean technology awards, such as California's highest environmental honor, the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) presented by California's Governor, Edmund G. Brown in 2011.
TrailerTails are compliant with the U.S. Department of Transportation's length restrictions for tractor-trailers, which allow up to a five-foot, non-cargo bearing extension for aerodynamic fairings. In addition to fuel savings, TrailerTails improve highway safety for both truck drivers and the public. TrailerTails improve trailer stability in high winds, improve visibility for drivers through reduced trailer spray in wet conditions and reduce injuries and vehicle damages from rear end collisions with tractor-trailers.
"ATDynamics is committed to redefining the shape of the modern semi-trailer. In a few years, a company using box-shaped, un-aerodynamic trailers without TrailerTails will be as strange as a company choosing to use typewriters instead of email," said Andrew Smith, CEO and Founder of ATDynamics. "Mesilla Valley Transportation's 4,000 trailer fleet wide retrofit is setting a new course for the industry. Each installed TrailerTail is a moving billboard on highways advertising to the American public which are the greenest fleets in the trucking industry."
A TrailerTail requires less than 45 minutes to install and in one year will offset the annual average fuel consumption of a typical passenger vehicle.
About Mesilla Valley Transportation
Founded in 1981, Las Cruces-based Mesilla Valley Transportation is one of the largest locally-owned, full-service truckload transportation providers in the Southwest, operating between all major manufacturing centers of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company is recognized for its state of the art fleet and time-sensitive service. As one of the most efficient fleets in the nation, MVT is also an affiliate of the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership. For more information visit: http://www.m-v-t.com.
About ATDynamics, Inc.
ATDynamics is the leading supplier of semi-trailer rear aerodynamics technology in the U.S. Its flagship rear drag reduction technology, TrailerTail® was first released in 2008 and is part of a suite of products engineered to reduce the fuel consumption of the freight transportation industry. Based in South San Francisco, California, ATDynamics is the recipient of numerous innovation awards and is a founding member of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. ATDynamics is an affiliate of the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership, member of the American Trucking Association's Technology Maintenance Council and is a key partner in the DOE funded Super Truck initiative. For more information visit: www.atdynamics.com
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