It’s no secret that the lighter the truck and trailer, the more cargo it can legally carry. And Alcoa aluminum wheels deliver. As the lightest wheel on the market, Alcoa wheels improve fuel economy, reduce emissions or increase productivity.
An aluminum wheel fitted to a wide base tire can improve rolling resistance by up to 3% over a comparable size steel wheel – 3% less rolling resistance equals 1% fuel savings.
Simply switching single steel 22.5”x8.25” wheels to Alcoa 14” wide base wheels reduces the weight of an 18-wheeler by 1,350 lbs. That reduces fuel costs by 3 to 5% equating to 600 to 1,000 gallons of fuel based on 120,000 miles driven per year.
Each gallon of fuel saved lowers CO2 by 22 lbs. A 100 gallons savings of fuel removes 1 metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Impact without Impact
Alcoa wheels’ strength, durability and low weight deliver environmental advantages to complement their financial benefits. With larger payloads due to the weight savings, you’ll reduce your number of trips. And,since Alcoa wheels are infinitely recyclable, they’ll never see a landfill.
Since 1888, Alcoa has introduced more than 8,000 patents benefiting a wide variety of industries. From automotive to aerospace - building and construction systems to consumer product packaging.
1948 - First forged Aluminum multi-piece wheel introduced.
1956 - First forged aluminum tubeless wheel introduced in the automotive industry for the Cadillac Eldorado.
1964 - First single-pieced forged aluminum wheel introduced for tubeless tires.
1971 - First forged aluminum wide base wheel introduced.
1978 - Introduced forged aluminum wheels in Europe.
1980 - First forged aluminum hub pilot wheel introduced.
1995 - Additional wheel capacity added in U.S. and Europe to supply all global markets.
2001 - First 14-inch wide base forged aluminum wheel introduced in the market.
2001 - Dura-Bright® wheels introduced.
2003 - Alcoa begins supplying forged aluminum wheels to Harley-Davidson.
2005 - Dura-Flange® wear protection wheels are introduced to reduce or virtually eliminate rim flange wear.
2005 to Present - Introduced premium wheels to leading global OEM auto manufacturers.
2006 - Dura-Bright® with XBR technology introduced.
2007 - Automotive News PACE award for Dura-Bright® technology. The proprietary surface treatment appears on several leading global automotive platforms.