CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., December 2, 2020 – Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce the results of a fuel economy test conducted by MVT Solutions on Utility’s standard Aerodynamic Side Skirt (USS-120A-4) and the optional Aerodynamic Tail (UAT).
Test results from MVT Solutions showed that fuel savings for the UAT when combined with the USS-120A-4 side skirt is 646 gallons of fuel per 100,000 miles.
“Over the years we have conducted several rigorous tests at our state-of-the-art R&D facility, but a third-party fuel economy test for our aerodynamic devices provides us with calculations that validate our own,” said Craig Bennett, Sr. VP Sales and Marketing at Utility. “Utility’s customers can see that the impact on profitability can be significant when equipping both the side skirt and aerodynamic tail. Compared to other trailer tails, the UAT is lighter in weight and is a low-cost option, and has the advantage of being installed by the OEM, and having a 5-year factory warranty”
Utility’s USS-120A-4 Aerodynamic Side Skirt is a standard feature on both the 3000R® refrigerated van and the 4000D-X Composite® dry van trailers. The Utility Aerodynamic Tail is an option on dry vans and reefers. The side skirt is built with UV-protected bi-directional fiberglass reinforced plastic to extend skirt life. Utility’s aerodynamic tail weighs approximately 25 pounds and is made of a UV-protected thermoplastic composite that is comprised of two full-height side fairings and one full-width roof fairing.
Bennett added, “Fuel economy is the easiest and fastest way to increase your bottom line. We believe that the USS and the UAT, when used together, will generate the best ROI in the aerodynamic segment of the industry. Additionally, based on the positive test results from MVT Solutions, we developed a fuel savings calculator on Utility’s website to give fleets an idea of how much they could potentially save by using our aerodynamic products.”
MVT Solutions was formed in 2016 and is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. MVT Solutions is a third-party provider of fuel economy testing, consulting and real-world analysis for the trucking industry. The company conducts fuel economy testing based on race car engineering. This method of high-tech testing can obtain accuracy up to .25% and accounts for such variables as wind, climate, load, driver behavior and duty cycle.
To learn more about Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company’s Aerodynamic Side Skirt and Tail, or to calculate your potential annual fuel savings, visit: www.utilitytrailer.com/aerodynamic-savings.
About Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America’s oldest privately owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. Founded in 1914, the company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, and aerodynamic technologies. Utility currently operates six trailer manufacturing facilities across North America. Utility’s 3000R® and the 3000R® multi-temp refrigerated trailers are manufactured at the Atkins, Virginia, Clearfield, Utah and Piedras Negras, Mexico plants. The 4000D-X Composite® series and 4000D® dry vans are manufactured at the Glade Spring, Virginia and Paragould, Arkansas plants. The 4000AE®, 4000S®, and 4000AE® Drop Deck flatbeds as well as the Tautliner® are all manufactured at the Enterprise, Alabama facility. Utility also has an extensive independent dealer network with over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. Visit: www.utilitytrailer.com for more information.