Germany – Europe’s biggest trailer builder, Schmitz Cargobull AG (SCB) of Horstmar is to offer its S.CS curtainsider semi-trailer range with a new flexible aerodynamic body shapes, which enables fuel savings of up to 5%, the company claims. While the concept is not new - use of aerodynamically shaped semi-trailers to reduce drag and save fuel has been around in the UK for more than two decades (initiated by trailer builder, Don Bur) - this is the first time SCB has offered a range of purpose-built aerodynamically shaped trailers with adjustable and non-adjustable roof heights to improve the aerodynamics of the trailer.
The lifting rear section of the new EcoGeneration design gives the trailer an aerodynamic shape and reduces aerodynamic drag. It can be easily raised if the trailer needs to be loaded up to the roof. This concept offers potentially high savings without additional expenses, especially when transporting heavy goods. All of this is without significantly changing the trailer functions, transport performance and its familiar handling, SCB stated.