Big rig semis are literally giant bricks on wheels with the aerodynamics of John Candy. That said, most trucks aren’t even lucky enough to break 12 mpg. And major part of that has to do with the airflow on the bodies of big rigs. So to pave the way for the future in efficient mass haulers, Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled their Aero Trailer concept that streamlines the traditional semi trailer for better aerodynamic efficiency.
Thanks to a front air dam, side trim panels with a rear diffuser and a tapered rear, the Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer reduces wind resistance by 18%, offering up to a 5% decrease in fuel consumption when paired to the brand’s own Actros tractor.
Additionally, according to the brand’s estimates, a truck averaging 93,205 miles a year will save on average of about 528 gallons per year.
Mercedes added that the cargo capacity is completely unaffected. However, because of its extended design from the bodywork, new legislation will be required to allow it to be road-worthy.
It surely is an interesting concept and in a world where abysmal gas prices are feared, every little step helps.
– By: Chris Chin