Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions, a provider of breakthrough fuel economy testing and design and development services for the trucking industry, announced today the results of testing on the Streamliners Miniskirt with Eco Flaps. The device provided fuel savings of 2.65 gallons per 1,000 miles, or 2.37%. The Miniskirt is a unique alternative to a traditional side skirt and is a short rear-mounted device.
“The Miniskirt was California (CARB) certified in 2021,” said Joe Hamm, President and CEO of Streamliners. “Our next step was to further validate its performance with on-road testing. MVT Solutions is the industry leader in providing high-confidence, real-world fuel economy testing, so we chose to work with them.”
The testing was completed in November of 2021 with two vehicles running simultaneously at 65 mph around a 9-mile circle track near Pecos, Texas. The test vehicles were 2019 International LT 625s with Cummins X15 15-liter engines and Eaton Endurant 12-speed automated manual transmissions. Trailers were 53-foot Hyundai dry vans. Gross vehicle weight for each vehicle was approximately 45,000 lbs. Both vehicles utilized dual tires and 24-inch width mud flaps. One vehicle had the Streamliners Miniskirt installed; the other did not. Eco Flaps were installed on the trailer only.
“MVT Solutions testing of the Streamliner Miniskirt with Eco Flaps showed a fuel economy improvement of 2.65 gal/1000 miles (2.37%),” said Daryl Bear, lead engineer and chief operating officer at MVT Solutions. “This can be considered substantial fuel savings in placement of trailer skirts,” he added. According to Hamm, “The test MVT Solutions performed confirmed and validated our existing data and along with our California certification, should give operators the confidence they need in considering the Miniskirt for their fleets.”
Hamm says that while the test was on a dry van, the Miniskirt can be installed on flat beds, tankers, dump trailers and intermodal chassis. “We believe our product will provide aerodynamic savings on those types of trailers as well.”
The full test report can be downloaded at https://m-v-t-s.com/certified-technology/aerodynamics/streamliners-miniskirt-with-eco-flaps/
Streamliners Inc. is a company formed by a team of aerospace engineers and racing experts. Our goal is to bring high-performance, innovative aerodynamic products to the trucking industry. The team’s 50 plus years of experience allows us to design products that are high performance, but also durable, cost-effective and easy to use.
Our premier product is called the Miniskirt, which improves the aerodynamic performance of any trailer by more efficiently directing airflow around the rear tires or tandems, saving thousands of dollars per year, per trailer. Learn more about us at streamlinersinc.com
About MVT Solutions
MVT Solutions, a subsidiary of Mesilla Valley Transportation, provides fuel economy testing based on race car engineering. This high-tech testing methodology can obtain accuracy up to 0.25% and accounts for such variables as wind, driver behavior and duty cycle. With over 700 fuel economy tests conducted to date, the company’s proven approach provides highly reliable and consistent data that enables trucking companies to make more informed choices and manufacturers to design and develop products backed by accurate fuel efficiency information that customers trust. MVT Solutions also provides consulting services to fleets looking to implement the right fuel-savings technologies for their operations. MVT Solutions was founded in 2016 and is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To learn more about MVT Solutions and for the latest in fuel efficiency news, visit www.m-v-t-s.com.