News: ATDynamics receives California's Hightest Environmental Award
ATDynamics Receives California’s Highest Environmental Honor,
the 2011 GEELA Award
2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Recognizes ATDynamics’
TrailerTail® Technology in the Climate Change Category
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA. December, 14th 2011 – CleanTech transportation technology company, ATDynamics, Inc., announced today that the company is the recipient of the 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for re-defining the shape of the modern tractor-trailer. Presented by California’s Governor, Edmund G. Brown, the GEELA Award is California’s highest environmental honor recognizing innovative businesses which reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing significant economic benefits.
Founded by CleanTech entrepreneur Andrew Smith, ATDynamics has successfully commercialized the TrailerTail, a four-foot aerodynamic fairing which streamlines airflow at the back of a tractor-trailer to reduce fuel consumption by 6%. ATDynamics has deployed thousands of TrailerTails to trucking fleets in 2011 and is expanding to equip over 50,000 semi-trailers with TrailerTails by 2014. TrailerTail technology has the potential to save the freight industry over $20 billion in diesel fuel costs over the next decade.
“ATDynamics is a true leader by proving that it can support and promote environmental values without sacrificing its business objectives.” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez. "ATDynamics understands that going green can be a successful economic strategy that can also lead to sustainable growth and development.”
“We are honored to receive one of the most prestigious environmental business awards in the country. In a world of 7 billion people and growing energy challenges, we need to reinvent every aspect of our economy, including how we move freight,” said Andrew Smith, founder and CEO of ATDynamics. “We would like to share this award with our customers: the trucking companies who have moved quickly to embrace innovation, greater operating profits and environmental stewardship by changing the shape of their trailers.“
Equipping the US long-haul trailer fleet with TrailerTails will reduce over 50 million metric tons of CO2 emissions over the next decade at a net profit to the industry. Over 2 million semi-trailers circulate on US highways on a daily basis. Each installed TrailerTail delivers the equivalent annual fuel and emission savings of replacing one standard combustion engine vehicle with an electric vehicle at 1/15th the capital cost. An industry-wide retrofit program would reduce foreign oil imports and create 10,000 new domestic engineering, manufacturing, and installation jobs.
TrailerTail technology is made in America, EPA SmartWay™ verified and Department of Transportation approved. In addition to fuel savings, TrailerTail technology provides significant safety benefits to the American public by reducing dangerous spray around tractor-trailers in wet weather, improving trailer stability in high winds and increasing the braking distance between passenger vehicles and trailers. TrailerTails are made of thermoplastic composite panels and collapse effortlessly when trailer doors are opened to access cargo.
About the GEELA
The annual Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency, in partnership with the Department of Food and Agriculture, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the State and Consumer Services Agency, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and the Health and Human Services Agency.
The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program is California’s highest environmental honor. The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the State’s economy. For more information: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/awards/geela/
About ATDynamics, Inc.
ATDynamics is the leading global supplier of semi-trailer rear aerodynamics technology. Its flagship rear drag reduction technology, TrailerTail was first released in 2008 and is part of a suite of products engineered to reduce the fuel consumption of the freight transportation industry. Based in South San Francisco, California, ATDynamics is the recipient of numerous innovation awards and is a founding member of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. ATDynamics is an affiliate of the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership, member of the American Trucking Association's Technology Maintenance Council and plays a key part in the DOE funded Super Truck initiative. For more information visit ATDynamics.com