One thing that truck washes and mobile fleet washing companies learn extremely fast is that not all trucks are created equally and many are much harder to wash than others. The number of different type of truck configurations is indeed staggering, it's amazing really. I guess Iought to know, as prior to retirement I was in the truck washing industry. Okay so, let's talk about this for a second – specifically washing the trucks of the future.
Now then, I am not sure if you've noticed at all, but more and more over the road trucks have extra skirts underneath to keep the airflow moving – this helps save fuel. In the future all trucks will have to have this. After all, Goldman Sachs Analysts have already predicted oil barrel prices to top $ 130 by 2013, personally, I believe it might happen sooner.
There was an interesting article in Gizmag on November 30, 2011 titled; "Mercedes Benz showcases its Aero Trailer concept in Belgium," by Vincent Rice which showed some truly spectacular aerodynamic trailer design pictures for over the road trucks. In fact, they are so cool, you may wish to go do a search to check them out. The article declared;
"Mercedes has reduced the frontal wind resistance of the Actros tractor unit by 15%, in 2,600 hours of wind tunnel testing. . A front air dam reduces the distance between tractor and trailer and a number of strictly-calculated curved panels to the outside and underneath of the trailer channel air to a striking rear diffuser….