Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer Concept Makes Big Rigs a Bit Greener

Truck

The Aero Trailer could revolutionize the future of the transporation of goods.

In the quest for a greener planet, Mercedes-Benz has taken on the challenge of turning one of the main culprits in gas-guzzling transportation into a cleaner and more eco-friendly mode of industry. Dubbed the Aero Trailer, it features a front airdam, side trim panels and a rear diffuser. Along with a tapered rear design and a longer total length, the aerodynamic changes allow for an additional 18 percent reduction in wind resistance when paired with the German's Actros tractor.

It is also said to reduce fuel consumption by about 5 percent. The longer total length will require government approval, however, as it is a half-yard too long to currently be considered street-legal. Mercedes estimates that when the truck travels 93,205 miles (a round 150,000km in the Imperial system), the big rig can save 528 gallons (2,000 liters) of diesel fuel. In terms of emissions, it keeps roughly five fewer tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer is part of the German company's "Truck and Trailer 7Plus" initiative.

You Might Also Like
Our Tour Of The McLaren Technology Center Was Mesmerizing
Our Tour Of The McLaren Technology Center Was Mesmerizing
6 Special New Models We Wish Volvo Would Put Into Production
6 Special New Models We Wish Volvo Would Put Into Production

The basis for the program "is the fuel consumption of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros, which is proven to be more than seven percent lower than its predecessor model, itself recognized as being frugal. This consumption advantage was achieved by the new Mercedes-Benz Actros earlier this year: during the "Record Run" it totaled 7.6 percent less consumption - with 25.1 to 27.1 liters/100 km."

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

What's Hot