DALLAS,TX--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2012) - The Great American Trucking Show -- ATDynamics, the leading global supplier of tractor-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology, announced today that orders for its TrailerTail® line of aerodynamic trailer fairings have exceeded 12,000 units to date. More than 100 trucking fleets now operate TrailerTail technology across the United States.
New orders for TrailerTails have surged by over 500 percent in the first half of 2012, as compared to the same period in 2011.
"Fleets with TrailerTails are highly visible on US highways: one in every 200 high mileage trailers is now equipped with ATDynamics' patented TrailerTail technology," said Andrew Smith, CEO of ATDynamics. "Fleets pulling trailers with tails are earning three cents more for every highway mile traveled than their competitors, which is why we are seeing the rapid surge in adoption. Trailers with tails are the new normal for truckload carriers."
ATDynamics predicts that in 3-5 years the majority of over-the-road semi-trailers will be equipped with aerodynamic tail technology. "Fleets without aerodynamic trailers are simply becoming less competitive," added Smith.
The adoption of TrailerTail technology has accelerated as trucking companies follow the lead of pioneering fleets such as Mesilla Valley Transportation of Las Cruces, NM, Robert Heath Trucking of Lubbock, TX, Nussbaum Transportation of Normal, IL, JNJ Express of Memphis, TN and Spirit Truck Lines of San Juan, TX. Each of these fleets independently verified the fuel savings of TrailerTail equipment and quickly implemented initiatives for fleet wide adoption.
"Companies who are not part of fuel efficiency changes will struggle at a minimum, or worst case they'll simply not be a part of the future of trucking," said Joe David Garza, Head of Compliance for Spirit Truck Lines. "It was an obvious choice to adopt TrailerTails as they had a positive impact on fuel efficiency and a relatively quick ROI."
ATDynamics reports that the reason that some trucking fleets have adopted aerodynamic trailer technology much faster than their competition relates to the compensation policies for maintenance departments. Fleets with maintenance departments that are not rewarded for improving fleet fuel economy are slow to test and deploy critical technologies compared to fleets with fuel economy targets.
To facilitate trucking fleet adoption of TrailerTail technology, ATDynamics has put in place a risk-free pilot program, which allows fleets to test up to 200 TrailerTails with no financial obligation.
Additionally, ATDynamics has partnered with equipment financing companies, Madison Capital and Teck Financing, to offer financing programs for qualifying fleets. With monthly fuel savings from TrailerTail technology exceeding monthly financing payments, ATDynamics financing programs have allowed fleet-wide TrailerTail initiatives to be cash flow positive from day one.
About ATDynamics, Inc.
ATDynamics is the leading global supplier of semi-trailer rear aerodynamics technology. 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 Hayward, 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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