EPA-designated SmartWay Trailers

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It is important to note that some fuel saving technologies listed on these pages do not comply with Canadian regulations. Always consult with provincial/territorial authorities before purchasing

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Who manufactures EPA-designated SmartWay Trailers?

Carriers know they are getting a qualified trailer by the special logo affixed in the trailer. Equipment manufacturers have developed unique specification sheets detailing equipment requirements and options for placing an order for an EPA-designated SmartWay Trailer.

EPA-designated SmartWay Trailers can be ordered directly from the following manufacturers and their dealers:

Trailer Dealer

  • Great Dane Trailers
  • Hyundai Translead
  • Manac Inc.
  • Stoughton Trailers, LLC
  • Strick Trailers, LLC
  • Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company
  • Vanguard National Trailer Corporation
  • Wabash National Corporation
  • Wilson Trailer Co.

Many trailer dealers will sell upgraded trailers that meet EPA-designated SmartWay criteria. Contact your local trailer dealer to see if it offers new and retrofit equipment that meets SmartWay specifications.

Who can use the SmartWay Trailer mark?

Only SmartWay Transport Partners in good standing who purchase or lease EPA-designated SmartWay Trailers, and sign the SmartWay mark guidelines can apply the mark to the exterior of their EPA-designated SmartWay equipment.

A partner that purchases or leases an EPA-designated SmartWay Trailer and signs the SmartWay mark guidelines may affix the SmartWay Trailer mark on the exterior of the trailer.

This mark signifies that the trailer meets EPA's environmental and fuel-efficiency standards for excellence. This is an exclusive designation that sets the SmartWay Partner apart from its peers in the industry. For carriers and truckers, the SmartWay mark is a signal to consumers and the community that they are taking actions to limit the negative environmental impacts of their business operations.

Any company may purchase or lease EPA-designated SmartWay Trailers. However, only SmartWay Transport Partners are eligible to place the SmartWay Trailer mark on the exterior of their equipment.

Contact SmartWay at 1-855-322-1564 or email NRCan.SmartWay.RNCan@canada.ca for more information about mark use.

How can I get the SmartWay Trailer decal or digital logo files for labeling the exterior of my SmartWay Trailer?

Review the following technical specifications criteria to determine eligibility of your company's tractors. If eligible, contact SmartWay at 1-855-322-1564 or email NRCan.SmartWay.RNCan@canada.ca to obtain the forms you will be required to complete to receive permission to use the logo.

What are the technical specifications and requirements for the SmartWay Trailer?

A SmartWay Trailer is a dry van trailer that achieves 6.5 percent or greater reduction in fuel consumption, relative to a baseline trailer. SmartWay Trailer fuel savings assume trailer is used with a fully-aerodynamic profile, high-roof tractor with integrated roof fairing and side fairings.

All trailer equipment must be maintained per manufacturer’s service recommendations or replaced if necessary.

SmartWay certification requirements have not been established for refrigerated trailer units.

SmartWay Trailer Equipment List

SmartWay Trailer Equipment List
Base Trailer
  • Design: A EPA-designated SmartWay Trailer is a new dry freight box van trailer for over-the-road use of 53 feet or greater length. Additional trailer types may be added in the future.
  • An older (or pre-owned) dry van trailer of 53 feet or greater length may also qualify if properly retrofitted.
  • Dimensions:13.5 ft to 13.7 ft height, 53 ft length or greater, 10.2 ft outside width (4.11 m to 4.18 m height, 16.15 m length or greater, 3.11 m outside width)
  • Weight: Assumes a standard dry van trailer of approximately 13,000 pounds (5,896.7 kg) or less, including weight of tires and wheels, but excluding weight of aerodynamic components
Trailer Tire Specifications

Low-rolling resistance trailer tires (duals or singles, aluminum wheels optional) that provide a 3 percent vehicle fuel economy benefit, relative to mid-range rolling resistance tires as defined by EPA. Approximately half the fuel savings, or about 1 percent, is contributed by the trailer tires. See current qualifying trailer tire models from the verified tire technologies list.

Additional tire models may be added in the future.

Partners must commit to replace the tires with current qualifying low rolling resistance trailer tire models or retreads. Tires are to be maintained at manufacturer-recommended load and inflation pressures.

Trailer Wheels EPA encourages (but does not require) the use of lighter-weight aluminum wheels rather than steel wheels, on the SmartWay trailer.
  • Alcoa aluminum wheels
  • Accuride aluminum wheels
Trailer Aerodynamics

See current qualifying aerodynamic equipment from manufacturers of the verified aerodynamic technologies list.

Additional aerodynamic technologies, manufacturers, and models may be added in the future.

SmartWay Trailers must be equipped with a selection of aerodynamic technologies in the following configurations.

Configuration A

Configuration A

Text version Configuration A

Configuration B

Configuration B

Text version Configuration B

Optional Trailer Aero Configuration

Aero Configuration

Text version Configuration Aero

Configuration C

Configuration C

Text version Configuration C

Configuration D

Configuration with Side Skirt

Text version Configuration D

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