Add a trailer outfitted with a Nose Cone, side skirts,wheel covers, and a trailer tail to the already sleek Cascadia Evolution and be prepared to experiance fuel mile you could have only dreamed about a few years ago.   


Other tricks I have used are from top to bottom... plated crossmembers from skirts to rear of trailer, mud flaps cut down to width of wide-base single tires, plated rain gutter and relocated trailer license plate. All of the above is way beyond Smart-Way or CARB requirements.  

During truck shows I often hear the comment from attendees "I don't go to California" when looking at my truck and trailer. My response to them is "It works equally well in Texas, North Carolina, Michigan or any other state." What really bothers me about this statement is how much fuel is needlessly wasted every year.

The fact that California made these regulations when coming into their state is the reason many of these aero devices are not being taken advantage of. The gains and efficiencies these aero devices could afford them is measured in tens of thousands of dollars a year. I realize there are exceptions where many of these devices will not work in certain applications.

An aerodynamic truck such as the Cascadia Evolution with a fully aerodynamic trailer can be two to three miles to the gallon improvement over a un aero truck and trailer. At 120,000 miles, 9.5 MPG with fuel at $3.70 compared to a truck that gets 6.5 MPG the savings is $21,571 dollars a year.

I embraced the full aero package on the truck and trailer due to business reasons not due to any Smart Way mandates. With all the battles we have to fight as drivers such as government regulations, brokers, shippers, dispatchers, weather conditions, traffic, road conditions, parking lots where trucks are not welcome, why pick a fight with the air itself?

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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/Tâ„¢, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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Henry does not go to California? Must have been a Henry replicant at our 72nd annual membership meeting this weekend in Newport Beach! Henry and Jimmy Nevarez gave an EXCELLENT presentation on improving fuel economy that definitely got folks thinking. The CCTA extends its thanks to Team Run Smart and Freightliner for allowing us the opportunity to hear from Henry and Jimmy.

October 28, 2013 15:34:50 PM

I have worked on my truck and trailer now for several years to increase fuel efficiency. I have come from 5.8 MPG to my last 9.0 (From June 10th to now).

October 26, 2013 13:41:52 PM

I had the same thing happen 2 weeks ago. Two trucks were following me talking about my TrailerTail. They commented on it and said "there is another reason not to go to California" I told them that I don't run anywhere near California since I run a dedicated route from IA to MT and the TrailerTail saved me 4/10ths MPG. They didn't have anything else to say.

October 26, 2013 13:40:39 PM

BE SMART-RUN SMART-STAY SMART! Great points Henry, it's the only way to succeed today in such a tough environment.

October 24, 2013 15:14:24 PM

truck owners and dinosaurs had something common in as much as their world changed around them, if we don't adapt and learn to be more efficient we will eventually follow the dinosaur.

October 24, 2013 12:50:35 PM

Henry, you have one very nice looking truck in that video.

October 23, 2013 13:45:21 PM

Very good point Henry. Why wouldn't you want to take advantage of technology that improves your bottom line, no matter where you operate? The comment you get at shows about not going to California seems a little short sided to me. I would love a $21,571 pay raise!

October 23, 2013 13:43:05 PM