Energy Savings of up to 12%
5 to 7 percent fuel savings can be realized for every 10 percent weight reduction by substituting lightweight aluminum for a heavier material. Increased use of aluminum has saved burning more than 84 billion liters of fuel since 1990. A typical Aluminum Body weights 50% less than a Steel Body.
Fuel savings can be up to 12%.
The lower weight also benefits the whole truck reducing the wear and tear on the suspension system and tires. The increased use of aluminum in commercial vehicles reduces the overall weight of the vehicle, which significantly reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with global warming.
Recycled Aluminum Savings
When we manufacture aluminum bodies, we use recycled aluminum wherever possible to help complete the cycle of reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Aluminum is one of the most recycled materials on the planet and is infinitely recyclable, meaning commercial vehicle aluminum applications never need to be landfilled.
- Recycling aluminum saves nearly 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalent) associated with primary aluminum production and requires only about 5 percent of the energy.
- Aluminum is more recyclable than fiberglass.
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- Increased Payload
Use of low weight, high-strength aluminum components allows trucks to carry larger cargo loads without violating weight restrictions on bridges and roadways.
- Lower Maintenance Costs
Save maintenance costs associated with wear and tear on the suspension system , brakes and tire treads.
- Improved Durability
Aluminum components are corrosion resistant which reduces the need for rust repair and increases the life cycle of the truck.
- Higher Resale Value
Commercial vehicles with aluminum components maintain their value resulting in a higher residual value.
- Safety Performance
Aluminum can absorb nearly twice as much crash energy as steel, and aluminum can be designed
to fold predictably during a crash, letting the vehicle – not its passengers – absorb more
of the crash forces.
- Driving Performance
All other factors being equal, vehicles made lighter with aluminum can accelerate quicker and require shorter stopping distances than heavier vehicles. Compared to heavier steel, aluminum can provide better stability and response, and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) due to reduced vehicle weight combined with high structural stiffness. Reducing weight with aluminum can decrease the slip angle between tires and the road for any given turning situation, allowing a vehicle to respond more directly and safely to steering inputs. The rigidity of aluminum’s structures puts drivers in touch with the road and provides more rapid and precise control.
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