American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced that WABCO, a leading supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, was renewed as an ATA Corporate Partner and Featured Product provider.
“Because nearly every product consumed in the U.S. is put on a truck at some point, trucking companies are consistently looking at ways to improve fuel efficiency and continue moving America’s goods,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “ATA welcomes research and development into fuel efficiency technologies, like those offered by WABCO, and we look forward to seeing the next generation of drag-reducing devices.”
“We are proud to introduce a broad array of innovative aerodynamic solutions in North America that will improve efficiency of commercial vehicles for fleet operators and transport companies alike,” said Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas. “WABCO’s OptiFlow AutoTail, TrailerSkirt and other industry-leading devices will help our fleet customers, including ATA members, meet U.S. greenhouse gas emission regulations set to take effect in January 2018.”
WABCO recently broadened the choice for commercial vehicle fleets on the hunt for aerodynamic devices to improve their fuel use and operational efficiency. The company recently introduced the first aerodynamic tail in the U.S. to feature both automatic deployment and retraction. WABCO’s OptiFlow AutoTail deploys and retracts tail panels based on driving speed as determined by sensors linked to WABCO’s Trailer Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS). The device automatically deploys at vehicle speeds of 45 mph, ensuring it is consistently used at speeds that maximize aerodynamic fuel savings. The tail panels automatically retract at a vehicle speed of 10 mph.
OptiFlow AutoTail delivers fuel savings of up to 4.3% at highway speeds based on SmartWay test protocol, and reduces CO₂ emissions by up to 4.8 tons per trailer per year. Automatic retraction also improves maneuverability and enhances safety by ensuring panels are folded in city centers, loading docks and other areas where trailers are in close proximity to pedestrians or objects.
A complete list of ATA Featured Product companies is available at www.atabusinesssolutions.com or by calling 866-821-3468.