During the Technology Maintenance Council annual meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville TN, FlowBelow Aero Inc and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced February 28 that Daimler will offer FlowBelow’s fuel saving ‘Quick-Release’ wheel covers as an option on its most fuel efficient Freightliner Cascadia Evolution equipment package beginning in the first quarter of calendar year 2016.
“Daimler Trucks North America continues to lead the industry with the most technologically advanced, fuel efficient trucks available,” said Josh Butler, founder and chief executive officer of FlowBelow Aero. “With the option to include the FlowBelow Quick-Release Wheel Covers to the Cascadia Evolution truck, we are providing increased value while also laying the groundwork for further aerodynamic enhancements.”
The tractor wheel covers reduce aerodynamic turbulence and drag on the truck by streamlining airflow over the tractor’s drive wheels. When optioned, each 6x2 or 6x4 truck is outfitted with Quick-Release wheel covers, which provide instantaneous and tool-free access to the wheel end via FlowBelow’s patented ‘push and turn’ quick-release latching system. The FlowBelow wheel covers are made in the United States using extremely durable and flexible thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) material commonly used in automotive applications.
As part of the supplier agreement, FlowBelow products will be offered on all new Cascadia Evolution trucks built at Daimler’s truck plants, as well as made available for aftermarket purchase and installation through all Freightliner dealers in North America.