"The portion of the fleet already running with the Deflecktor is performing just as we expected," noted Steve Duley, vice president of purchasing at Schneider National.
"We spent over two years testing this device, and the results we got were consistently positive in regard to fuel savings: almost 1 percent per tractor.
We're pleased - yet not surprised - to see the same results now as we expand to the rest of the fleet."
also said that drivers are giving the Deflecktor good reviews, citing them as easy to install and remove and extremely durable, even through the toughest weather conditions.
is the first in the industry to use Deflecktor Aero Wheel Covers (or anything similar) to save energy, which is consistent with the company's 30+-year reputation as the industry leader in sustainable operations.
Long known as the most energy-efficient fleet on the road, Schneider
also pioneered offering drivers incentives for idle reduction and fuel management (1978) and the use of no-idle heaters to reduce winter idling (2003).
It is one of only two carriers to win the SmartWaySM Excellence Award for leadership in energy conservation and emission reduction practices every year since the award's inception.
"Saving energy by harnessing the latest in technology is a hallmark of Schneider National
, and the Deflecktor is a perfect example of that," added Duley