We might associate Michelin with tyres and restaurant ratings…now the company is branching out into truck aerodynamic kits.
Michelin North America has just announced it will be bring an aerodynamic trailer solution kit to market in May.
Known as the Michelin Energy Guard, the kit is for use on 53-foot dry-van truck load, refrigerated truck load and other long-haul and super-regional applications.
The kit includes a trailer skirt, trailer-end fairings, aerodynamic mud flaps and a wake reducer.
Here’s what Michelin say about the kit…
The skirt’s flexible design folds out of the way if it strikes an obstacle or debris, while the trailer-end fairings direct airflow to the back of the trailer.
The wake reducer minimizes the effect of the recirculation zone behind the trailer. The trailer end fairings and wake reducer are automatically functioning, always activated requiring no driver actions.
The aerodynamic mud flaps reduce vehicle drag and road spray.
Michelin is also launching in conjunction with the kit new fuel-saving tyres, known as Michelin X ONE LINETM GRIP D.
Adam Murphy from Michelin North America says the kit and the tyres are designed to work together to maximize efficiency.
“Fleets can be frustrated with the current market solutions for fuel savings as they strive to improve their margins and competitiveness,”
“Our Michelin Energy Guard solution can result in a 7.4% fuel saving.
“Best of all, it requires no driver interaction in order to achieve these impressive results.”
No word yet on the kit or the tyres coming to Australia, we will keep you updated though.