TruckLabs announced it has reached a half-billion miles driven with its TruckWings device, resulting in approximately 32,648 metric tons of CO2 saved to date - or the equivalent of removing a year's worth of emissions from over 7,000 passenger cars, according to the company's news release.
TruckWings is a fully automated, smart aerodynamic device built for trucking fleets and they are currently deployed on five of the largest fleets in North America, according to TruckLabs.
The device is tractor-mounted and designed to intelligently close the gap between the tractor and trailer of Class 8 trucks resulting in fuel savings of 3-6%. TruckWings also extend the range for electric trucks by 5.5%. According to TruckLabs, TruckWings can generate thousands of dollars in savings per truck each year with a less than two-year ROI.
“Five hundred million miles is a huge milestone for us. It demonstrates our sustained commitment to delivering durable, double-win results on both carbon emissions and dollars. Our telematics technology tracks every mile driven through harsh Canadian winters and asphalt-melting Arizona summers. It’s a huge credit to the team’s engineering work to hit this milestone so quickly,” said Daniel Burrows, TruckLabs founder/CEO. “TruckWings help fleets reduce fuel costs and emissions today and will improve the range of electric trucks in the future.”
Each unit of TruckWings helps save approximately 20,000 lbs. of carbon emissions annually, according to TruckLabs.
“At highway speeds, two-thirds of fuel is spent overcoming aerodynamic drag. In today’s environment, designing a more streamlined truck is the most cost-effective way to improve a truck’s efficiency," said Andrew Kelly, TruckLabs VP of product. “Truck manufacturers understand that improved aerodynamics are the most efficient way to meet stringent new regulatory standards. They are looking to us to help them get there. This is especially true in the day cab market where tractor aerodynamics have lagged against their sleeper counterparts.”