Utility: 4000D-X first trailer to earn EPA’s SmartWay certification

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. — a manufacturer of dry freight vans, reefers, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers — announced Friday, Aug. 24, that with its 4000D-X dry van, it is the first trailer manufacturer offering a qualifying model to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a SmartWay trailer.

Utility says its SmartWay 4000D-X offers aerodynamic enhancements, low rolling-resistance tires and overall weight reduction that qualify it under the specifications of the EPA’s SmartWay Partnership. Utility participated in the special SmartWay “Get Green” Trucking Summit hosted by the EPA at last week’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Attendees of GATS had the opportunity to see the 4000D-X, equipped with Utility’s proprietary fuel-efficient Wide Track System, at the company’s booth.

The “Get Green” event showcased the numerous achievements of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, a progressive collaboration between the EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency, with an emphasis on fuel-saving technologies. Utility says the 4000D-X dry van is the natural accompaniment to other environmentally friendly options that advance fuel-saving technologies.

“Utility is very proud to be certified by the EPA as offering a qualifying model that meets the SmartWay specifications,” says Craig Bennett, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utility Trailer, based in City of Industry, Calif. “Our 4000D-X thinwall dry van was designed to offer weight reduction, increased cubic capacity and greater productivity, while providing fleets and owner-operators with a durable and low-maintenance alternative to standard plate trailers. We believe in the EPA’s goal of reducing fuel costs, conserving energy, reducing emissions and improving the environment. This is another first by Utility recognizing our continuing efforts to make enhancements to our product line that result in lower fuel costs, less weight and higher productivity.”