The company’s flagship product, TruckWings, is recognised as an aerodynamic device that closes the gap between cab and trailer at highway speeds and is developed to work on a range of fuels including hydrogen.

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Reducing the cost of hydrogen per mile could be a significant breakthrough for hydrogen mobility with this helping to optimises hydrogen fuel and create an extra incentive to invest in the zero-emission technology.

The main reason is that the device increases the aerodynamics of the vehicle and reduces drag to save 4-6% on hydrogen fuel.

Daniel Burrows, CEO of TruckLabs, said, “TruckWings have achieved millions of gallons of fuel savings for our customers to date. With the release of our third-generation platform, we’re excited to extend these fuel savings to any fleet, any tractor, and any fuel type.

“We have significantly decreased TruckWings’ installation time and total cost, and enhanced durability and longevity, so that fleets can realize fuel savings benefits faster and longer.

“Through TruckWings and our other product TripDynamics, a fuel-saving driver engagement technology, we’re delivering on our goal to innovate the trucking industry through technology, helping to create a more sustainable future for the commercial transportation industry.”

Hydrogen trucks, trends and technologies

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For energy intensive applications like long-haul and heavy-duty trucks, hydrogen is one of the most interesting energy carriers, presenting operators with a quiet, smooth and continuously strong performance, all without emitting any emissions. A major industry for North America, whether hauling foods, farming goods, construction materials or clothes, trucks are almost everywhere in the continent, with very few commuters being able to travel down the highway without seeing one.

Sadly, many of these vehicles emit high amounts of carbon emissions and cause great harm to the environment. However, this is something that North America, with the help of its thriving mobility sector, hopes to change with the introduction of zero emission technologies such as hydrogen.

In California, a new programme was approved late last year (Dec 2020) to bring the cleanest vehicle technologies to low-income and under-severed communities to support the shift for zero emission trucks. This is now one of multiple programmes that are hoping to accelerate deployment. 

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