ANN ARBOR, Mich.–Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. is outfitting its line haul trailer fleet with DuraPlate® AeroSkirts® to increase overall fleet fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, said a release.
Commonly known as “trailer skirts,” the DuraPlate AeroSkirt was developed by Wabash Composites, a division of Wabash National Corporation. The specially designed DuraPlate AeroSkirts aim to improve trailer aerodynamics, reducing wind drag and contributing to improved fuel economy and trailer stability, the release added.
“Enhancing environmental sustainability, reducing operating costs and improving safety don’t have to be mutually exclusive goals,” explained Tom Clark, senior vice president, operations for Con-way Freight. “We continually look to invest in technologies and adopt business practices that can accomplish these objectives. The addition of the DuraPlate AeroSkirt to our line haul trailers will help improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, as well as improve trailer stability which will make our equipment safer for our drivers and the motoring public.”
Con-way Freight has contracted with Wabash to retrofit some 16,000 trailers used in the company’s line-haul operations. Installation of the skirts began earlier this year and is expected to be completed by August. Combined with the company’s other fuel-savings initiatives and technologies, the addition of the trailer skirts is expected to help reduce fleet carbon emissions by some 80 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
“We continually look for opportunities to help fleets lower their total cost of ownership,” said James Scarcelli, vice president and general manager, Wabash Composites. “As a leader in trailer aerodynamics with more than 100,000 DuraPlate AeroSkirts built and sold, our expertise translates into aerodynamic products that provide the greatest combination of durability and fuel efficiency, while contributing to reduced carbon emissions. Our team is looking forward to our new partnership with Con-way Freight and applying our past success to this 2014 installation project.”