Articulated trucks are famously inefficient and can be dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. The European Commission recently announced plans to change the rules governing the size of trucks to make them safer, more efficient, and more spacious. MAN’s new Concept S meets these qualifications with a slim front, flared wheel arches and curved cab lines, which break the traditional “shoebox” truck design. It also prevents cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of an accident.

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The new streamlined design has a large range of benefits. Firstly, it gives a large truck the air resistance of a car, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 25%. The European Commission wants to fast-track this more aerodynamic, curvaceous design, which also improves driver visibility and could save hundreds of lives across the EU each year.

Because of UK and EU rules, trucks are generally no more than 16.5m long and 44 tonnes in weight. However, the new rules would allow for longer and more flexible designs.

Speaking to the BBC, Stephan Kopp, MAN’s senior manager for aerodynamic development, said it could be a revolution for the freight industry. “For several years now, we are trying to convince the European Union to allow us more freedom. If we are allowed to build longer trucks, then we can realise the potential in aerodynamics and safety.”

Via BBC News