- New airflow management kit can reduce fuel consumption by greater than 9 percent
- Aerodynamic devices will save trucking fleet operators millions of dollars in annual fuel costs
- New revenue sharing business model broadens the addressable market, enabling the supply chain manufacturers access to solutions without upfront engineering costs
"Exa's design, which removes the need for a boat-tail section at the rear of the trailer, means truck operators can have a highly efficient airflow kit at a lower cost," said Brian Layfield, President of Laydon. "This product complements Laydon's many innovative drag reduction technologies designed for tractor and trailers. We have been designing and manufacturing these types of products for 30 years." Layfield continued, "This new breakthrough product could not have been created without the help of Exa's engineers and the use of their simulation-driven design. Exa's PowerFLOW software was key to achieving these significant advantages, removing the need for costly wind tunnel, track and road testing development work." Laydon and Exa are planning a range of new products designed for the lowest cost of ownership and the highest drag reduction in the industry."The new airflow kit, applied to a large fleet of trailers, will result in millions of dollars in fuel savings each year," stated Doug Hatfield, Exa's Managing Director for Heavy Vehicles. Exa has introduced a new revenue sharing model with Laydon based on units sold. Exa's President and CEO, Stephen Remondi stated, "This new business model augments our traditional licensing model and helps to expand the addressable market deeper into the supply chain, where up front engineering costs often deter the design and manufacture of new and improved components and subsystems." Remondi remarked, "We are making a bold statement of confidence that we are willing to be paid on the success of these new products. This is a new, results–based business model for the company, and one we expect to roll out with more clients in the future as we reach other untapped opportunities." Notes to editors: SmartWay trailer fuel savings assume that the trailer is used with a fully aerodynamic profile, high-roof tractor unit with an integrated roof fairing and side fairings. A SmartWay trailer is a dry van trailer that can achieve a fuel consumption reduction of at least 6.5 percent.
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