City Link is looking to cut its carbon footprint by switching to futuristic fuel-efficient trailers.
Fifteen of the distinctive Teardrop™ trailers with curved outlines which reduce drag have been supplied to City Link by UK manufacturer Don-Bur.
The delivery company will test the curtainsiders across the UK and is hoping to cut carbon emissions and make substantial fuel savings as a result.
Paul Hehir, City Link’s Fleet Manager, said: “As City Link moves half a million parcels a day it is committed to reducing its carbon footprint wherever possible.
“The Teardrop™ trailers are ergonomically designed to reduce drag which leads to greater fuel efficiency and we plan to test them in every way possible across the country.
“We are expecting them to make a significant impact on our carbon emissions –fulfilling its mission that green is the future.”
Richard Owens, Group Marketing Manager for Don-Bur, said: “The Teardrop™ curtainsider trailer can give fuel savings of up to 16 per cent, depending on road and driving conditions.
“The Teardrop™ is absolutely ideally suited to City Link which operates its fleet on motorways and trunk roads, often travelling at night.
“We are delighted that City Link has taken on so many Teardrop™ trailers and look forward to supplying them with more in years to come.”
First launched in 2006, the box van version of the Teardrop™ box trailer has generated fuel savings of up to 18 per cent, depending on operating conditions. The average saving for an operating fleet is 11 per cent.
Don-Bur is now testing the Teardrop™ MK2 which has several radically altered features in order to improve airflow, including a new skirting system, new tubular under-run and a futuristic rear frame design.
Published: Tue 15 Feb 2011
Updated: Tue 09 Jan 2024
Author: Richard Owens
Published by: Don-Bur