Aerodynamics Archives - Fleet Equipment Magazine
FlowBelow introduces AeroFender device for drag reduction, fuel efficiency improvement

Independent testing found that FlowBelow’s new AeroFender saved 1.49 gallons of fuel for every 1,000 miles driven.

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ConMet TruckWings takes fuel-efficiency findings flight at TMC

Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions conducted the fuel efficiency tests on diesel and CNG trucks.

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Volvo Trucks SuperTruck 2 surpasses freight efficiency goals

Aerodynamics and advanced engineering made it happen.

MVT Solutions testing reveals fuel savings for EkoStinger

Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions has announced test results for The NextGen EkoStinger, an aerodynamic fairing for Class 8 tractor trailers. It is a one-piece design made with polyethylene that sits underneath the trailer in front of the rear wheels and slides with varying tandem positions. Testing in November 2021 demonstrated that the technology resulted in

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Alcoa Wheels expands portfolio with aerodynamic solutions

Alcoa Wheels has launched its new steer wheel cover and the drive wheel cover plus wheel. The new products add aerodynamic advantages to Alcoa wheels, provide fuel savings by way of reducing air drag, are durable, easy to install and allow for seamless wheel inspections, according to Alcoa. Aerodynamic steer cover This patent-pending design is

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FlowBelow announces several standard wheel cover placements

At the 2021 TMC Fall Meeting in Cleveland, FlowBelow announced that its wheel covers will be standard on Navistar’s 2022 International LT and HR Series trucks. Additionally, FlowBelow’s locking aerodynamic wheel covers are standard on Freightliner Cascadia trucks. On the Navistar side, the drive wheel fairings will continue to be offered as part of the

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Correcting truck spec’ing assumptions, the impact on fuel efficiency

Last time I talked with Allison Athey, product marketing manager at Volvo Trucks North America, she turned the tables and sprung a question on me in true Unscripted fashion. When we were done recording, I joked that she should guest host next time and ask me the questions. She said she was game and the

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Peterbilt GM Jason Skoog talks next-gen 579 truck technology, fuel efficiency

The technology you can’t see in today’s trucks is just as important as the technology you can. The next-gen Peterbilt 579 first impression is striking—from the improved aerodynamic design that offers a 7% fuel efficiency gain over the previous iteration when spec’d with a PACCAR powertrain, according to the OEM, to the 15-in. digital driver

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Hands on: Peterbilt 579 next generation truck

For fleet managers, the experience of a truck can be seen on the P&L—you want your fuel costs to go down and your profitability to go up. For the drivers, it’s all about the feeling behind the wheel. OEMs have the unenviable task of creating a top-notch experience for both. On paper, the next-gen Peterbilt

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Hands on: Kenworth T680 next-gen truck

The story of the next-generation Kenworth T680’s launch is a tale of two redesigns: one outside and one inside. The new aerodynamic designs add up to increased fuel efficiency compared to the previous T680, while the new 15-in. digital display offers a bevy of customization options. Then there’s the new Kenworth ADAS offering that pairs

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Kenworth details the next generation T680 on-highway truck

Kenworth pulled the sheet off of its next generation of T680, unveiling an improved aerodynamic design that touts a 6% fuel efficiency increase over the previous T680 iteration (when spec’d with the PACCAR powertrain). The updates extend into the cab where the impressive 15-in. digital display offers near countless truck information customizations. The technology integrated

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Peterbilt unveils the next generation of its Model 579

Peterbilt has unveiled the next generation of its Model 579 truck. Thanks to the new design, Peterbilt touts an up to 7% fuel economy gain on a like-for-like spec basis compared to the current version. Key exterior features of the new 579 include a redesigned stronger Metton hood that is narrower and more resistant to

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