Those tractor trailers you see on the highway are notorious gas guzzlers, to say nothing of the emissions they produce. Mercedes-Benz has created a new Aero-trailer concept.
With an aerodynamic front airdam, side trim panels rear diffuser, and a rear design that’s tapered to that generates 18 percent in wind resistance, it can add up to an amazing savings of 2,000 liters (more than 528 gallons) of diesel per year! That will save more than five tonnes of CO2 per year.
But there’s more. Mercedes-Benz might toss in rooftop solar panels and batteries to store the energy they produce. That would surely make it the greenest truck on the road.
There are drawbacks still to be worked out, however. The tail extension’s extra length makes it too long to legally be on the road. It will be interesting to see how this concept develops into reality and whether special legislation will be needed to secure this green semi’s place on the road.
No word as to when this concept might make it into production. But the next time you pull your car out to head onto the highway, consider the idea that sometime down the road (had to do it), you may not be breathing so many gas fumes from those big rigs ahead of you. Now wouldn’t THAT be nice!