NEW YORK, N.Y. — Alcoa announced it will bring to market a more durable commercial truck wheel that’s easier to maintain than existing models.
The Dura-Bright EVO wheel is being launched in Europe first, and will be introduced to the North American market in 2015. Alcoa says the new wheel stands up better against weather, road salts, grime and cleaning agents, which can corrode and dull standard commercial truck wheels.
The company says the new Dura-Bright EVO is 10 times more resistant to corrosion than existing products. The wheel is also up to three times more resistant to chemicals, including hydrofluoric acid, found in the harshest truck cleaning agents.
“Since inventing the forged aluminum wheel, Alcoa has continuously innovated stronger, lighter, and more durable wheels to increase payload and enhance sustainability,” said Tim Myers, president, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products. “The Dura-Bright EVO wheel is Alcoa’s easiest-to-maintain wheel yet, meaning it can stand up against the harshest weather, road salts, grime and cleaning agents that can corrode and dull standard commercial truck wheels.”
Alcoa officials said the new wheel doesn’t require polishing, and the surface won’t crack, peel, corrode or dull quickly. It can be cleaned with soap and water, reducing maintenance costs.
The wheel is made from a single piece of forged aluminum, making it lighter and five times stronger than steel wheels, according to the company.