THE NETHERLANDS, Boxtel. The German-Dutch company Vion is taking further steps towards sustainability and climate protection. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions on German roads by 8% over the next few years.
Vion aims to reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its vehicle fleet on German roads by up to 8% over the next few years. The necessary reduction in diesel consumption by an average of 1.8 l/100 km is enabled by a holistic aerodynamic system for semi-trailers developed by aerospace engineers at the Aachen start-up Betterflow. In mid-March, Vion took delivery of the first semi-trailer with an aerodynamic package. The aerodynamic designers at Betterflow have been exploring this connection and creating specific products since 2014, making them the perfect partner for a pilot project at Vion.
In order to reduce the fuel consumption of tractor units and consequently their CO2 emissions according to driving cycle, load and vehicle configuration, the start-up’s engineers have developed three specific components: underbody panelling, a slat for the front wall of the trailer, and a rear wing system that opens automatically at speeds of 60 km/h.
In order to bring this streamlined solution – from aerospace technology to the meat industry – with these semi-trailer trucks on the road for the first time, the logistic section selected Mercedes Benz AG and the commercial vehicle manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull as additional partners.
With an average annual mileage of 100,000 km each, Vion’s approximately 300 trailers in Germany and the Netherlands would consume over half a mill. l of diesel less, thus reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 1,500 t.