DHL Supply Chain is going the extra mile to improve safety and reduce CO2 emissions with the addition of cutting-edge ‘teardrop’ trailers to its fleet as part of a multi-million pound investment programme.
The leading global logistics firm has invested £5.5million in 250 aerodynamic pillarless ‘teardrop’ trailers, which are designed to boost safety, while reducing fuel consumption.
Branded in the striking DHL livery, the eye-catching trailers replicate the aerodynamic lines of a teardrop – a swooping roof features a specially designed full-length curve while rounded corners improve air flow and minimise drag – but without compromising internal load space.
The 13.7m curtain-side trailers boast a number of innovative safety features, including an air activated ground-operated coupling device – or Safe Suzie, a pull out rear safety step, rear reversing sensors, audible reverse alarm, easy glide curtain rollers and Pownall trailer brakes.
Supplied by Don Bur, the trailers feature a streamlined roof which eliminates the traditional trailer flaw – excess drag caused by the tractor-trailer gap. As a result, the new design is expected to produce an annual five per cent fuel saving.
The trailers also offer DHL specification LED lighting, extra rear end protection, internal cargo straps to accommodate varying load types and a DG100 trailer tracking device.
David McDonald, VP Operations at DHL Consumer Division, said the company was delighted with the new trailers which will operate across the Division’s network distribution fleet: "Investing in the new ‘teardrop’ trailers forms part of a staged upgrade to our fleet, supporting our overall transport strategy. Improving safety and carbon efficiency are key priorities for the business, so we’re delighted with the benefits that the pillarless ‘teardrop’ trailers will provide. Not only do they look striking but they feature a range of innovative safety features which should have a significant impact on our CO2 reductions. The new trailers are also equipped with live tracking, ensuring that we deliver maximum efficiency and flexibility for our customers."