Refrigerated carrier C.R. England has placed an order for Deflecktor Aero Wheel Covers to fit onto company-owned trucks. The order is for enough wheel covers to outfit 1,000 vehicles, A de F, maker of the devices, said.
“I knew that smoothing wheel contours with a simple lightweight device would reduce the overall coefficient of drag of a tractor in motion and thereby increase energy efficiency,” said Jon Fleck, inventor and owner of A de F. “The Deflecktor helps environmentally conscious truckload carriers like C.R. England reduce fuel consumption and operate more efficiently.”
The Deflecktor’s design utilizes fabric and results in complete installation in seconds and instantaneous access for inspection, the company said.
C.R. England’s deployment will result in fuel savings of over 100,000 gals. per year, A de F said.
“We have tested the fuel efficiency benefits of Deflecktor Wheel Covers. Based on the results, we expect a quick payback with minimal capital outlay,” said Corey England, executive vice president of operations support for C.R. England.