Eco Flaps, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of Eco Flaps aerodynamic splash guards, announced that the fuel saving benefits of their product have been verified at one percent by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program.
Eco Flaps are now the first and only splash guard or mud flap product on the list of EPA SmartWay verified aerodynamic devices.
EPA SmartWay verified technologies receive verification only after they are rigorously tested to demonstrate their ability to save fuel and reduce emissions on heavy duty trucks. Eco Flaps hired Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Bishop, Texas, to conduct SmartWay verification testing using the EPA testing protocol. The SwRI test results revealed that a single pair of Eco Flaps mounted on a 53-foot dry van trailer saved 1.25 percent more fuel than the same trailer mounted with traditional mud flaps.
“We are excited by the EPA’s findings that Eco Flaps reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” says Russell Stubbs, CEO of Eco Flaps.
“The results confirmed what we and our customers already know: Eco Flaps lower costs on fuel and maintenance while benefitting the environment.”
The key to Eco Flaps’ fuel saving benefits is the patented airflow design, which greatly reduces the drag and inefficiency that a traditional mud flap normally would create. This unique venting pattern also drastically reduces road spray hazards by directing water to the ground instead of into a passing or trailing motorist’s line of sight.
Eco Flaps are made of a high density nylon polymer, making them resistant to breakage in situations where a regular rubber or plastic mud flap would fail. The company also backs them with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Today, there are more than 200,000 tractors and trailers in North America utilizing Eco Flaps to improve aerodynamics and reduce fuel costs. Eco Flaps are available in a wide range of sizes to meet each truck and trailer’s dimensions. They are also available in custom colors with custom graphics.