SMART DESIGN AND ENGINEERING
TrailerTail® technology is designed and engineered for ultimate rear-drag aerodynamic performance. Years of testing and perfecting every detail of the technology have resulted in an award-winning, commercially successful rear-drag aerodynamic device built to withstand the rigors of the trucking industry while delivering maximum fuel efficiency. ATDynamics has invested over $3.5 million in TrailerTail® research and development to date and we are committed to continuous innovation, product development and cost reductions to drive industry-wide adoption of TrailerTail® technology.
TrailerTail® technology closes automatically when the rear doors are opened and latched to the sides of the trailer. The device then opens automatically when the rear doors are closed and ready for departure. TrailerTail® technology can also be manually stowed by your drivers if required.
For those fleets looking for a more automated solution, the TrailerTail® AutoDeploy™ System incorporates speed sensing radar technology to automatically deploy the TrailerTail® when reaching highway speeds. TrailerTail® AutoDeploy™ System also provides drivers with a notification light to indicate whether the TrailerTail® is opened or closed, which protects against TrailerTail® damage when a driver is backing up with an open TrailerTail®.
TrailerTail® panels are constructed of ultra-durable and flexible proprietary thermoplastic composite material similar to the material used in trailer scuff liners. The material’s cross-woven fibers provide the strength and flexibility for the panels to bend but not break in collisions. TrailerTail® panels are also extremely lightweight for minimal payload impact.
PATENTED ORIGAMI SYSTEM
One of the key distinguishing features of ATDynamics TrailerTail® technology is the patented origami folding design. The origami feature allows a TrailerTail® to hold its rigid fuel-saving shape while deployed and then collapse completely against the trailer doors with little to no interaction from the driver. You will find no stack-up when TrailerTail® is closed against the side of your trailer, allowing easy latching of doors to the side of the trailer and unimpeded cargo and dock access.
COLD WEATHER PERFORMANCE
TrailerTail® technology has been proven to operate in all weather conditions with no performance compromises. The panels are engineered to repel rain, ice and snow and are temperature resistant so they do not expand or contract in extreme heat or cold. TrailerTail® technology streamlines airflow and precipitation so ice and snow will not accumulate inside a deployed TrailerTail® when driving in a storm and reduced road spray improves visibility around the vehicle, increasing safety for drivers and the public.
TrailerTail® technology is compatible with all dry van, refrigerated van, drop frame and curtain side trailer models and can be factory installed on new trailers and retrofitted to your existing fleet.
TRAILERTAIL® FUEL TESTING
REDUCED DRIVER FATIGUE from better vehicle stability and handling
IMPROVE VISIBILITY around your trailer with less road spray
COLLAPSIBLE CRUMPLE ZONE reduces fatal rear-end collisions
TRAILERTAIL TECHNOLOGY INCREASES HIGHWAY SAFETY.
By reducing the turbulent airflow that occurs at the back of semi-trailers, TrailerTails® help to stabilize trailers and improve visibility for both truck drivers and surrounding vehicles by reducing road spray in wet weather. TrailerTails® also add collapsible crumple zones increasing the distance between your trailers and following vehicles which reduces tail gating and the chances of fatal rear-end collisions.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty tractor and 53' trailer combinations through fleet implementation of tractor and trailer aerodynamics and low rolling-resistance tires.
TrailerTail® 4x4 and Trident are the only stand-alone rear-drag aerodynamic devices in the industry that provide full compliance with the 2010 CARB regulations, delivering 5.54% and 5.09% fuel savings, respectively, at 65 mph.
TrailerTail® 4x4 and Trident are both verified by EPA SmartWay in the “Advanced Trailer End Fairing” category which verifies rear-drag aerodynamic devices to deliver 5% or greater fuel savings. TrailerTail® technology in combination with ATDynamics side skirts meet the NEW SmartWay “Elite” performance category for aerodynamic equipment packages delivering over 9% fuel savings.
Please visit our CARB section for more information on this regulation.
TrailerTail® technology saves an average of 8 gallons of diesel fuel for every 1000 miles a truck drives and every gallon of fuel not burned reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the air, keeping our air cleaner and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. ATDynamics is deeply committed to our mission of rapid commercialization of next-generation freight efficiency technologies that deliver important economic, environmental and social benefits. For more information on the positive environmental impact of TrailerTail® technology, please visit our Sustainability section.