Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.’s side skirt earns EPA nod as GHG2 trailer device


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
by THE TRUCKER STAFF

An angled design at the bottom of the Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company’s new Utility Side Skirt allows it to maintain its shape at high speeds, reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  (Courtesy: UTILITY TRAILER MANUFACTURING CO.)
An angled design at the bottom of the Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company’s new Utility Side Skirt allows it to maintain its shape at high speeds, reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. (Courtesy: UTILITY TRAILER MANUFACTURING CO.)

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company announced that its Utility Side Skirt has earned preliminary approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as an aerodynamic device on dry van and refrigerated trailers to meet greenhouse gas – phase 2 (GHG2) regulations.

“Everything we can do to make our trailers more aerodynamic is a huge benefit for the environment and as well as for our customers,” said Jeffrey Bennett, vice president of engineering and product development for Utility.

“We are proud that our Utility Side Skirt qualifies at the GHG2 BIN III level, which is a standard that exceeds the current SmartWay requirements. It also exceeds current CARB [California Air Resources Board] requirements.”

The EPA’s and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Phase 2 Heavy-Duty rules are the latest regulations put in place to further reduce greenhouse emissions and fuel consumption for medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, including trailers that are used in combination with tractors.

“After extensive testing in our R&D facility, the construction of the Utility Side Skirt is proven to be nearly indestructible and is designed to provide long-term durability,” Bennett said.

Constructed from UV-protected, bidirectional fiberglass-reinforced plastic, the Utility Side Skirt is engineered with a unique angled design at the bottom of the skirt for enhanced rigidity without a loss of flexibility. This design enables the skirt to maintain its structural integrity when the trailer is moving at higher speeds.

The Utility Side Skirt comes with a five-year warranty and is available as a factory or dealer installation option for new Utility trailers. Retrofitting for existing trailers is available through aftermarket at a local Utility dealer.

To learn more on the Utility Side Skirt, a video presentation can be viewed at youtu.be/ZqHrEeUCW-A.

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