Actasys To Launch First Units This Spring, Is Featured On Time Warner Cable News
According to recent estimates, the trucking industry accounts for nearly 13 percent of all the fuel purchased in the United States. For years, drivers have used many tactics to lower fuel consumption, but now a breakthrough, right in our backyard. In this week’s Capital Region Business Beat, Jon Dougherty shows us how Actasys plans to revolutionize the trucking industry.
WATERVLIET, N.Y. — With an estimated two million tractor trailers on American roads, fuel costs are one of trucking fleets’ biggest expenses. Two years ago, Menicovich, a Doctorate graduate at RPI, joined several other RPI students and came up with a way for tractor trailers to get better gas mileage. The group created Actasys, a transportation technology company. Actasys uses technology that was developed in the aerospace industry, which connects to tractor trailers to adjust to ever changing conditions, and can limit drag while on the road.
Currently, the device is in the prototype stage but the developers said early tests in a wind tunnel showed it can reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency up to 18 percent. Actasys estimates fuel savings of $3,000 to $4,000 per truck, per year. The Actasys system is scheduled to hit the open road this Spring, when the start-up teams with Price Chopper. With a grant from NYSERDA, Actasys will install the device on one Price Chopper truck and test it against one without it. If the test goes well, Actasys hopes to manufacture even more systems, and not just for trucks.
Although the company may be in the early stages, it’s already received a number of awards and grants and is backed by several investors. Actasys said their system will pay for itself in one to two years and will also another way to help that environment. That’s why they hope to change the world, at least one truck at the time.
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