Freight Wings can boost fuel efficiency

Oct. 1, 2007
Carrier Transicold, a unit of United Technologies Corp, is the first and only coast-to-coast distributor and installer of Freight Wing trailer fairings,

Carrier Transicold, a unit of United Technologies Corp, is the first and only coast-to-coast distributor and installer of Freight Wing trailer fairings, which can cut fuel usage.

The patented fairings reduce aerodynamic drag in two key areas of the trailer: the underside and front. Having a complete fairing system on a tractor-trailer has been proven to reduce fuel consumption by 6 percent in SAE/TMC J13231 tests, according to Carrier.

Carrier offers two types of fairings: belly and gap. Belly fairings are a relatively lightweight panel-and-bracing system that extends the trailer sides downward in front of the rear wheels to divert airflow along the exterior. They are available for 48- and 53-foot dry van and refrigerated trailers. For dry van trailers, Carrier also offers gap fairings, which attach to the front of the trailer to divert airflow that would normally stream into the gap behind the tractor.

For more information, visit www.trucktrailer.carrier.com.

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