Aerofficient, LLC, a provider of aerodynamic enhancement devices for heavy-duty truck trailers, has announced that its three newest products have all been verified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program. Each of the new fairings has been classified by EPA as an “Advanced Trailer Skirt,” estimated to generate at least 5% in fuel savings.
The Aerofficient products verified by the EPA include Aerofficient’s two fixed side-fairing products (Models FFGW and FFTI) and Aerofficient’s “Slider” side-fairing product (Model ASFS), which automatically expands/contracts when the trailer’s axles are moved forward/rearward.
All of the verified products feature patent-pending “Flexion” technology, which the company said permits the fairings to bend in or out 90 degrees to help enable them to pass over obstructions without damage. According to Aerofficient, the fairings are designed to function for ten years or one million miles.
“We are extremely pleased to have three side fairing systems verified as ‘Advanced Trailer Skirt’ systems by EPA Smartway,” said Marty Fletcher, executive director for customer service/product design, “and we will be proceeding with verification for our trailer nose and rear fairing systems as well.”
All Aerofficient side-fairing products utilize a patent-pending clamp system to permit fast, reliable installation (approximately two work hours for Aerofficient’s fixed fairing products or four work hours for Aerofficient’s “Slider” fairing product, according to the company) without drilling holes in the trailer.
They also feature an engineered plastic panel material to help ensure durability. The fairings are built to hold their designed shape when subjected to temperature extremes and to resist ice and snow packing, the company noted.