TRUCK HIRE specialist Ryder has partnered with Trailar, to become the exclusive provider of the solar system for rigid vehicles that uses cutting edge technology.

Trailar is an ultra thin, flexible solar film matting system fitted to the roof of a rigid truck and is directly connected to its battery. The harvested natural energy is used to power all on board ancillary equipment including tail lifts, reducing maintenance costs, extending battery life, and lowering emissions due to less engine idling.

During independent trials at Millbrook proving ground, fuel savings of 5.2% were achieved on a rigid truck and 2.3% on a tractor and trailer system.

Long term Ryder customer DHL is one of the first UK operators to adopt this technology, having invested in Trailar as part of its declared target of zero emissions by 2050.