A truck’s CO2 emissions are greatly influenced by its aerodynamics. Nagel-Group has fitted one of the test vehicles with three components to improve this: underbody panelling between the supports and the underride trailer guard, a flow-optimising element between the tractor unit and the trailer, as well as retractable rear wings, which automatically fold out from a speed of 60 km/h.
“These Betterflow elements are used at the exact points in a semi-trailer truck where the airflow is disrupted or there is turbulence,” explains Dirk Sieprath, Managing Director of Betterflow GmbH. “The fewer corners and tear-off edges a vehicle has, the less energy it takes to overcome air resistance.”
This pilot project takes Nagel-Group one step further towards more sustainable food logistics. This is an important topic for this ZNU-certified company. The Betterflow project is one of many projects, including tests with e-trailers and LNG trucks, that Nagel-Group is driving forward to reduce its CO2 emissions.
“As a logistics provider, we feel we have a special responsibility to continuously work on improving our CO2 footprint. We can develop sustainable solutions at an early stage by testing innovative systems such as Betterflow’s and ensure a future-proof fleet,” explains Dirk Lückingsmeier, Head of Fleet Management at Nagel-Group. “Our cooperation with Betterflow was very positive and took a partnership approach. We are delighted with what we have observed so far and are eagerly anticipating the results we will be able to report after our testing phase.”