CleanTech transportation technology company ATDynamics on Wednesday, Dec. 14, announced that the company is the recipient of the 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for redefining the shape of the modern tractor-trailer. Presented by California Gov. Edmund Brown, the GEELA Award is California’s highest environmental honor recognizing innovative businesses that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing significant economic benefits.
“ATDynamics is a true leader by proving that it can support and promote environmental values without sacrificing its business objectives.” says Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez. “ATDynamics understands that going green can be a successful economic strategy that can also lead to sustainable growth and development.”
Founded by CleanTech entrepreneur Andrew Smith, ATDynamics has commercialized the TrailerTail, a four-foot aerodynamic fairing designed to streamline airflow at the back of a tractor-trailer to reduce fuel consumption by 6 percent. ATDynamics says it has deployed thousands of TrailerTails to trucking fleets in 2011 and is expanding to equip more than 50,000 semi-trailers with TrailerTails by 2014. According to the company, TrailerTail technology has the potential to save the freight industry more than $20 billion in diesel fuel costs over the next decade.
“We are honored to receive one of the most prestigious environmental business awards in the country. In a world of 7 billion people and growing energy challenges, we need to reinvent every aspect of our economy, including how we move freight,” says Smith, chief executive officer of ATDynamics. “We would like to share this award with our customers – the trucking companies who have moved quickly to embrace innovation, greater operating profits and environmental stewardship by changing the shape of their trailers.”