April 7, 2014
ATDynamics announces it plans significant expansion of its sales efforts in Canada following the Federal amendment to Standard 223 of the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations as outlined in the Canada Gazette Part 2, Volume 147, Number 26 published on December 18, 2013 to allow full length boat tail devices to operate within Canada. The company has hired Allen Smith as director of Canadian sales to lead the expansion effort in Canada.
The Provincial authorities are now reviewing the Federal amendment for incorporation into their respective local weights and dimensions regulations allowing fleets to operate full length boat tail devices within the Provinces, the company says.
ATDynamics is working closely with Canadian trucking fleets and the local trucking associations in each Province to expedite each Province’s amendment to its regulations to permit full length boat tail devices, such as the Company’s TrailerTail rear-drag aerodynamics technology.
The evaluation of TrailerTail technology by the Canadian authorities has been a multi-year process starting with a 2007 EnergoTest conducted by FP Innovations which concluded, using SAE Type II J1321 testing protocol, that TrailerTail technology effectively reduced a truck’s fuel consumption by more than 5 percent at highway speed.
“TransWest has operated ATDynamics’ TrailerTails in its fleet since 2011,” says Guy Roy, risk management director at Logistiques TransWest Inc. “Currently we are only able to deploy the devices once our trailers cross the Canadian border into the U.S., but TrailerTails have helped us to reduce our fuel consumption by over 5 percent and are a key component of our efforts to reduce the carbon intensity in our operations. We are anxious to begin operating our TrailerTails within Canada to maximize the environmental and fuel savings benefits of the technology.”
“Leading Canadian fleets are implementing trial units in anticipation of the expedited adoption of the Federal amendment by the Provinces. Our American neighbors are enjoying a 5 percent MPG advantage over Canadian operators. TrailerTails can correct that,” says Smith.
Smith brings 26 years of operational and sales experience in the Canadian trucking industry having worked at Teleflex Power Systems, Carrier Transicold and Westport Innovations companies before joining ATDynamics.