ATA's 2015 MC&E is being held at the Pennsylvania Convention center in downtown Philadelphia.
Karen Rasmussen, HELP Inc.'s president & CEO, unveiled the company's new all-in-one ElitePass transponder that will allow trucking companies to bypass weight stations in 30 states and also electronically pay tolls in nearly 20.
HELP's Rasmussen says the company hopes to eventually expand use of its new "two-in-one" transponder across HELP's entire network, which now includes 32 states with the recent addition of North Carolina.
Stephen Ingham, Jr., SmartTruck CEO, unveiled the firm's new LeadEdge Top Fairing at ATA's MC&E show, which improves fuel economy 2.3% by itself. He noted that SmartTruck will be consolidating its trailer efficiency product portfolio into three basic packages: the former UT1 will now be named the “Classic Aero System”; the UT6+ will now be named the “Premier Aero System”; and the TopKit will now be named “TopKit Aero System.”
Ingham added that the LeadEdge is also a good aerodynamic booster for 'pup' trailers due to its concave/convex design and said hte company expects to wrap up field tests with customer fleets by the fourth quarter this year, though the device can be ordered now.
A unique motorized model truck helped FlowBelow Aero Inc. helped introduce a new modified Tractor AeroKit for use in flatbed and tanker fleet operations. On-road fleet usage of the new AeroKit system has shown average fuel savings of up to 3% on tanker and flatbed tractors, versus 2.23% fuel savings on tractors hauling dry van and refrigerated van trailers.
FlowBelow also said it is "on the verge" of announcing a new truck OEM partnership. Would anyone like to guess who that OEM partner might be?
Preston Feight, Kenworth's GM, stated at ATA's MC&E that the OEM will not be attending the Mid America Trucking Show in March 2016, joining Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Navistar, and Daimler Trucks North America in bowing out of that annual event. He stressed that he only spoke for Kenworth and not its brother OEM, Peterbilt Motors Co.
Feight also highlighted hte recent introduction of the Paccar MX-11 engine, which is 400 lbs. lighter than Paccar's MX-13 engine and should appeal to LTL and other fleets seeking weight savings. He noted that 40% of Kenworth truck orders are now spec'd to include an MX engine. Feight added that Kenworth plans to introduce a new40-in. sleeper configuration in March next year as well.