Rocketail LLC announced the launch of its Rocketail Wing rear drag reduction technology for trailers. The Rocketail system is a verified EPA SmartWay trailer rear fairing technology for heavy-duty truck trailers that has exhibited a certified fuel efficiency improvement of over 3.58 U.S. gallons per 1,000 miles, the company shared.
The one-piece airfoil was certified by MVT Solutions to provide a fuel economy improvement of 3.36% and by PIT Group to improve fuel efficiency by 3.30% in testing, according to the company.
“Rocketail solves the ‘Three D’s’ essential to performance for any aerodynamic tail system: Drag, Deployment and Damage,” said Michael Militello, chief executive officer at Rocketail. “Our Rocketail Wing is integrated with the trailer door, so it’s always deployed; it extends 14 in. from the rear of the trailer eliminating a main cause of rear collision damage in current tail systems; and it delivers proven drag-reducing performance.”
According to the company, the airfoil attaches and deploys using swing-hinges that lock the wings in their maximum aerodynamic open position. Installation, requiring only drill bits and tightening tools, takes two people about one hour to complete, the company says, adding that each wing weighs less than 25 lbs. and requires minimal to no annual maintenance.