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Wabash National Adds Newest Fuel-saver — the AeroFin XL

December 17, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment
AeroFin XL

Wabash National has expanded its trailer aerodynamic solutions product line with its fifth device designed to significantly improve trailer aerodynamics and fuel economy.

The AeroFin XL is a lightweight and durable aerodynamic tail device that directs airflow across the rear of the trailer to reduce aerodynamic drag. The device deploys and retracts automatically with swing door operation, requiring no additional interaction from the driver and does not interfere with trailer loading and unloading. It features a more compact design and a lighter weight when compared to conventional designs.

When used in conjunction with Wabash National’s Ventix DRS (drag reduction system), the AeroFin XL provides more than 10 percent improvement in fuel economy. Together, the devices are verified as an EPA SmartWay Elite aerodynamic device combination — a new category for the SmartWay Technology program that recognizes devices providing the highest levels of fuel savings.

When used as a stand-alone device, the AeroFin XL provides a more than 4 percent improvement in fuel economy.

“We have a responsibility to our customers to continually provide innovative solutions that lower their total cost of ownership,” said Brian Bauman, vice president and general manager of Wabash Composites. “After extensive research, development and testing, we’re pleased to offer the AeroFin XL as another option to help fleets reduce their fuel consumption, operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.”

“We realize there is no single solution that is ideal for every trailer application and customer,” Bauman added. “That is why we offer the most complete line of aerodynamic trailer devices in the industry, with product combinations that can yield more than 10 percent fuel economy improvement. It’s important that carriers understand aerodynamic testing methods and the questions that need to be asked when specifying aerodynamic devices. ”

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