Hegelmann trailers save fuel through optimised aerodynamics

  • Five trucks to be equipped with aero packages from Betterflow
  • Fuel savings of up to 1.8 litres per 100 kilometres
  • Logistics company aims for climate neutrality by 2035

Bruchsal, 31 March 2022 – Hegelmann Express GmbH is launching a pilot project with Betterflow GmbH to significantly reduce its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. For this purpose, the international transport and logistics company is equipping five trailers with special aero packages from the company. After a successful test phase, further vehicles are to follow. The reduced air resistance saves up to 1.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. With an average mileage of 120,000 kilometres per year, this results in a saving of over 2,000 litres per year for each equipped vehicle. The project is part of a sustainable corporate strategy with which Hegelmann aims to achieve CO2 neutrality by 2035. “The topic of sustainability is more important than ever. As a logistics company, we have a particular responsibility to reduce our emissions,” explains Andreas Schmidt, CEO of Hegelmann Express GmbH. The aerodynamic packages from Betterflow help with this. They contain various components that are attached to the semi-trailer and reduce the air resistance of the trucks. Initially, five refrigerated trailers will be equipped with the systems. They will receive the all-round package consisting of the robust underbody membrane (LowFLOW), a fairing for the underbody protection (LowFLOW Shape), a slat for the front wall of the trailer (HighFLOW) and the automatic rear wing system (RearFLOW). The technology is mainly used on long-distance transports in order to save as much CO2 as possible. The LowFLOW component covers almost the entire underbody. Brackets on the chassis at the rear and on the support legs at the front stretch a membrane and bring it tightly into a smooth shape, optimising the underbody flow. In addition, the LowFLOW Shape components cover the rear underbody protection. Both components are extremely robust and maintenance-free. The HighFLOW system ensures optimum airflow in the rear area. The underbody and roof airflow are coordinated with each other. Strong turbulences in the rear area are reduced by the fully automatic rear wing system RearFLOW, which opens automatically from a speed of 60 km/h. The result is an average reduction of 1.5 metres in airflow. As a result, an average of 1.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres can be saved. The investment of around 10,000 euros per trailer is expected to pay for itself after only 15 months and is part of the holistic sustainability offensive that the Bruchsal-based logistics company is pursuing. An essential part of the strategy is to reduce emissions as much as possible. Among other things, Hegelmann is researching a project on tyre efficiency, which should reduce fuel consumption by another 15 per cent. In addition, the logistics company is converting its fleet to liquid biomethane (Bio LNG). By the end of this year, a total of 150 trucks are to run on the sustainable fuel, and by 2025, 20 percent of the entire fleet. This is to be supplemented by electric trucks from 2024. “Furthermore, we are working on an offsetting programme to compensate for five per cent of the emissions from transport activities. Our overarching goal is CO2 neutrality by 2035,” Schmidt emphasises.

Hegelmann Group has acquired LNG-powered trucks

Hegelmann Group has acquired five LNG-powered trucks (liquefied natural gas). These trucks will not only reduce pollution, but also contribute to the effectiveness of the company’s activities. It is expected that by 2025 they will make up at least 20 percent of the company’s total vehicle fleet, which currently includes about 4,000 trucks.

As part of the moving towards ecology, the company also seeks to point out the issue of forests in Europe due to drought and climate change, and plans to plant 7,000 trees in Europe – as a number of employees of the Hegelmann Group.

Contact our dedicated team for more information: LNG@hegelmann.com



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