Alcoa to roll out lightest heavy-duty truck wheel in Europe
By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 17:00
Alcoa’s Ultra ONE will help fleets increase payload and fuel efficiency.
Ultra ONE wheel launch offering increased fuel efficiency and payload
Alcoa, the inventor and global leader of forged aluminum wheels, announced at the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicles tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, that it will roll out its lightest heavy-duty truck wheel in Europe to help fleets increase payload and fuel efficiency.
Alcoa is now selecting fleet partners for the European launch of the wheel, which will be available in Europe during the second half of 2015. Fleets worldwide are turning to lighter weight aluminum wheels versus steel wheels to help increase payload, improve fuel efficiency and meet emissions regulations.
“Alcoa’s Ultra ONE wheel offers heavy-duty performance without the heavy weight of steel wheels, and it looks great, too,” said Tim Myers, President, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products. “Alcoa is bringing our best wheel technology to the growing European market to help fleets shed kilograms, haul more and save on costs.”
Alcoa has seen significant adoption of the Ultra ONE wheel in other major markets, including the United States, where some of the largest fleets have upgraded to the wheel since its launch in March.
“Weight-sensitive fleets such as petroleum and bulk haulers have been especially quick to embrace the Ultra ONE technology in other markets, and we expect the same in Europe,” continued Myers.
Alcoa will manufacture the European Ultra ONE wheel at an Alcoa facility in Europe.