Stemco, an EnPro Industries company and leading manufacturer of heavy-duty components and solutions for commercial trucks and trailers, said this week that more than 50,000 TrailerTail rear tail trailer fairings (boat tails) have now been sold.
TrailerTail uses patented aerodynamic technology that increases fuel efficiency by an average of 5.5 percent and improves stability and visibility for drivers. TrailerTail technology streamlines the airflow around a semi-trailer and mitigates the low-pressure suction drag that reduces fuel efficiency and creates turbulence. Every TrailerTail equipped semi-trailer offsets the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of one passenger vehicle.
Late last year, Stemco ‘s new TrailerTail production facility in Longview, Texas, came online to help the company keep pace with record-breaking demand for its aerodynamic components. In 2015 alone, the company sold more than 13,000 units to more than 450 customers, equating to more than 9 million gallons of combined fuel savings — or about $18 million.
“We saw tremendous demand for the TrailerTail in 2015 — even with lower fuel prices. As the price of diesel begins to creep back up, and fleets begin to put a greater focus on fuel and energy savings, we expect to see even higher sales of aerodynamic solutions like the TrailerTail,” said Bob Montgomery, vice president of the Stemco Innovative Tire & Mileage Solutions group.
Demand for the TrailerTail is expected to increase in 2016 in the United States, as well as in Canada where Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust recently signed a decree approving the use of foldable aerodynamic fairings in the province. Prior to the decree, drivers were required to close TrailerTail devices while driving in the province. The decree went into effect as of April 15, 2016.