Commercial vehicle industry supplier Accuride recently introduced what it says is the lightest line of steel trailer wheels in the European CV market.
The company’s new lightweight wheels offers up to 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) in weight savings compared to its current offering, which could represent 32 kilograms (70.5 pounds) of weight savings in a tractor-trailer combination.
“These new steel wheel options are just the beginning of what customers can expect from Accuride, as we continue to expand technology development in wheel design and metallurgy to provide the industry’s lightest, most reliable wheels,” said Scott Hazlett, president of Accuride Wheels Europe and Asia.
Re-engineered to reduce weight by almost 10%, the new steel wheels are standard type 22.5 x 11.75 wheels with the improved mechanical properties of new high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. They also include a new rim contour that meets all the stringent European test standards, including LBF-BIAX EUWA 3.23 and EUWA ES 3.11 as required by leading truck and trailer OEMs.
Produced at Accuride’s steel wheel production facility in Solingen, Germany, the new wheels will be available by the end of March, the company said.