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Xstream Trucking spreads TruckWings with new distributor Agility

Feb. 28, 2020
Xstream Trucking’s TruckWings -- mechanically controlled flaps that increase fuel efficiency -- will now be available as a factory option for compressed natural gas trucks and more widely available for diesel trucks.

Xstream Trucking’s TruckWings, mechanically controlled flaps that close off the void between tractor and trailer to reduce turbulence and increase fuel efficiency, will now be available as a factory option for compressed natural gas trucks and more widely available for diesel trucks.

The manufacturer announced Agility Fuel Solutions will be TruckWings’ exclusive CNG distributor, via the ProCab 175 CNG fuel storage system, as well as a non-exclusive supplier for the diesel market.

Fleets can select TruckWings as a standalone option or integrate the glass-reinforced wings, which automatically deploy above 50 mph, with Agility’s ProCab 175 CNG fuel storage system for Class 8 trucks. This system currently offers a range of 800 miles, which is even higher when paired with the aerodynamic addition.

“For the bigger gaps on day cabs, we're seeing up to 6% savings,” said Xstream Trucking CEO Daniel Burrows, who added sleeper cab get about 3% or 4%.

Agility has installed TruckWings on 750 CNG trucks so far. Installation in the aftermarket takes less than three hours.

“Agility’s trucking fleet customers are focused on fuel cost savings and on increasing the fuel economy of their CNG trucks,” said Eric Bippus, Agility’s senior vice president of global sales and marketing. “TruckWings are a great answer to this problem, as we’ve demonstrated in real-world use with some of our major fleet customers.”

Xstream also has done extensive benchmarking with UPS and was deployed on their CNG-powered entrant for the 2019 Run on Less Regional event, organized by the North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE).

Working with UPS has helped us make the product better and make it work in different types of operations,” Burrows said.

He said since the company's inception in 2016, their have been incremental improvements in engineering and the supply chain "and now we're going to market in a more comprehensive way."

Burrows, who was at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2020 meeting in Atlanta along with a pair of mounted TruckWings, explained that attaching the automated aerodynamic pieces also help the drivers.

When deployed, the truck acts more like a wind sock, Burrows explained, so the driver doesn’t have to fight cross winds. “We're a big win for drivers in terms of fatigue reduction and stability of their truck,” Burrows said.

Burrows also mentioned maintenance and repair could be reduced by allowing trucks to run with shorter side extenders. Longer extenders are more prone to damage, while at slower speeds TruckWings retract “inside the truck envelope” behind the tractor, where damage is less likely to occur.

About the Author

John Hitch | Editor

John Hitch, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is the editor of Fleet Maintenance, a B2B magazine that addresses the service needs for all commercial vehicle makes and models (Classes 1-8), ranging from shop management strategies to the latest tools to enhance uptime.

He previously wrote about equipment and fleet operations and management for FleetOwner, and prior to that, manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.

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