Alcoa introduces lightest aluminum wheel in trucking industry
Myers touted during the news conference that this latest product adds up to a saving of another 100 pounds per tractor-trailer than the company’s previous wheel line-ups, giving it about 1,400 pounds of savings. He added the wheel is 47 percent lighter than same-size steel wheels. (The Trucker: LYNDON FINNEY)
By Aprille Hanson
The Trucker Staff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa Wheels launched its lightest wheel since the company began in 1948 — the 22.5” x 8.25” Alcoa Ultra ONE Wheel with MagnaForce alloy, weighing in at 40 pounds.
“We know that a lighter weight in the wheel leads to greater productivity,” said Tim Myers, president, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products. “This is the lightest aluminum forged wheel in the world, in the trucking industry.”
Myers touted during the news conference that this latest product adds up to a saving of another 100 pounds per tractor-trailer than the company’s previous wheel line-ups, giving it about 1,400 pounds of savings. He added the wheel is 47 percent lighter than same-size steel wheels.
“It has all the features and benefits,” of recent Alcoa Wheel products, including an option to include Dura-Bright coating, Myers said. “It’s heavy duty without the heavy … we’ve eliminated five pounds from the previous wheel, which was the lightest in the world. This will improve freight efficiency.”
The product was tested for about two years with more than one million miles driven. Dozens of companies have incorporated the wheel into their fleets or are starting that process, Alcoa officials said. Myers added that TMC Transportation, Des Moines, Iowa, has Ultra ONE as a standard specification on its flatbeds.
The Trucker asked Myers to elaborate on the price of the product, but he did not give a number or estimate, only adding that prices will be discussed “between the company and customers.” After the news conference, an Alcoa spokesman mentioned that while set prices depended on the OEM, a premium averaged $8 to $12 per truck. The load rate for the wheel is about 7,400 pounds.
Below are the specifications/measurements listed on the company website. Click here for more information.
Size: 22.5 x 8.25
Bolt Circle: 11.25
Hub Bore Diameter: 8.669
Bolt Hole Diameter: 1.053
Max. Wheel Load: 7400
Wheel Weight: 40
Max. Inflation – cold: 130
Valve Stem: TR554D
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