Motor Wheel says EPA OKs CentriFuse Lightweight Brake Drums

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Motor Wheel Commercial Vehicle Systems Inc., a global supplier of commercial highway axle-end components, says that its CentriFuse Lightweight Brake Drums have been recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide weight savings, improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for commercial vehicles.

According to EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality report, every 10 percent drop in truck weight reduces fuel use between 5 and 10 percent. The EPA report also suggests that when specifying new trucks, trucking fleets should consider the lightest-weight components that will suit the application.

Weighing in at 90 pounds, CentriFuse Lightweight Brake Drums can save nearly 100 pounds per tractor compared to standard brake drums, according to Motor Wheel; combine that with trailer brake drum weight savings, and fleets can save up to 224 pounds per tractor/trailer combination. For even greater weight savings and fuel economy, fleets can specify CentriFuse Lite, which weighs in at 84 pounds per drum, the company says.

“Motor Wheel is very proud to receive this recommendation from the EPA,” says Ed Meador, president and chief executive officer of Canton, Mich.-based Motor Wheel CVS. “This recommendation not only demonstrates Motor Wheel’s excellence in product engineering, but also our commitment to fleet profitability and the environment.”