Electric Trucks: Driving The Future Of Transportation

Electric Trucks: Driving The Future Of Transportation

Alcoa® Wheels has a rich history of innovation in the transportation industry, with their ground-breaking invention of the forged aluminium wheel in 1948. Their commitment to advancement remains steadfast, positioning them at the forefront of the industry.

Today’s rapidly changing landscape, characterized by the introduction of electric trucks and decarbonization initiatives, has significantly impacted fleet operations. Additionally, fuel emissions regulations, greenhouse gas emissions standards, and the need for sustainable city transportation have further influenced the industry.

Australia’s recent adoption of the new Australian Design Rule 80/04, mandating Euro VI standards for heavy vehicle models, marks a significant step towards reducing emissions. This rule will result in a substantial reduction of up to 80 per cent in oxides of nitrogen emissions and up to 66 per cent in particulate emissions. Improved laboratory and on-road emissions tests have been implemented to ensure real-world compliance.

As a result, electric trucks have become increasingly heavier due to the technologies required to meet climate change-driven standards.


Alcoa® Wheels plays a crucial role in the electrification of vehicles through their focus on lightweight solutions. By providing lighter wheels, Alcoa® recognizes the importance of offsetting the added weight of batteries in electric vehicles and the additional mass and space required in Euro VI trucks by the additional emission systems considering Euro VI trucks are heavier than equivalent Euro V trucks, which may reduce the freight they can legally carry.

Lighter wheels also extend battery life and improve the overall range of electric trucks. Alcoa® Wheels remains dedicated to evolving its innovations to meet the changing demands of the industry.

Alcoa® Wheels remains committed to greater productivity through increased payload, improved fuel efficiency and enhanced sustainability. (Read more: Growing your business)


Alcoa® Wheels launched the new ULT36x wheel, upholding its position on having the world’s lightest truck wheel portfolio. Alcoa®’s ground-breaking ULT36x 22.5” x 8.25” wheel is 1.6 kg lighter than its

predecessor, weighing just 16 Kg.

It is equipped with proprietary MagnaForce® alloy, which is 17% stronger than the industry standard alloy.

The new Alcoa® ULT36x wheel also features vHub™ Bore Technology, which reduces hub-to-wheel contact area by up to 64% versus other aluminium wheels on the market.


Alcoa® Wheels’ tireless pursuit of innovation and sustainability is shaping the future of electrification in the transportation industry. With a focus on lightweight wheels, they aim to support the adoption of electric trucks, reduce emissions, and enhance fleet efficiency.

As the industry evolves, Alcoa® Wheels will continue to lead the way, driving towards a greener and more innovative tomorrow.

For more information about the world’s lightest, strong heavy-duty truck wheels, contact us: the Howmet Wheel system at 1800 955 191. Email: alcoawheels.sales@howmet.com. Visit: alcoawheels.com.au and follow Alcoa on Facebook alcoawheelsaustralia