Peterbilt & Kenworth Now Offer the Spicer® EconoTrek™ 6×2 Tandem Axle on Commercial Vehicles
The Spicer EconoTrek 6×2 tandem axle, made by Dana Holding Corporation, is now an optional feature for Kenworth and Peterbilt commercial vehicles. Engineers for Dana designed the Spicer EconoTrek 6×2 tandem axle with multiple enhancements for decreasing maintenance costs and increasing fuel efficiency of heavy-duty, line-haul tractors from two to three percent. In addition, the tandem axle lowers overall vehicle weight by as much as 400 pounds when compared to the conventional 40,000 pound 6×4 tandem axle arrangement.
The design of the Spicer EconoTrek 6×2 tandem axle solidifies Dana’s standing as the go-to resource for a wide choice of drivetrain options – each manufactured to meet or exceed the specific needs of individual fleets for long-term use. An increasing number of truck fleets in North America have utilized the Spicer EconoTrek 6×2 tandem axle, and they are benefiting from the cost savings and greater fuel efficiency.
The Spicer EconoTrek tandem axle allows the use of wide-based single tires on conventional track axles with two-inch outset wheels. By installing the Spicer EconoTrek tandem axle with singlewide aluminum wheels, fleet managers reduce the weight by at least 400 pounds when compared with dual tires with steel wheels.
In addition to the Spicer EconoTrek, Dana plans to release a SelecTTrac feature that offers maximum gross axle weight capacity for trucks that have 0- to 0.56-inch outset wheels for wide-based single tires.
Engineers designed the Spicer EconoTrek to provide optimum performance when used with an electronic-controlled air suspension system, such as the Bendix eTrac system. The eTrac system effortlessly transfers weight to the drive axle for greater low-speed traction when used with Dana’s patented wheel-differential lock feature.
Models of the Spicer EconoTrek axle will be exhibited and featured at the TMC in booth 1202 and at the Mid-America Trucking show in booth 30455. More information is at www.dana.com/commercialvehicle.
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
As a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems designs and manufactures cutting edge safety technologies, air brake charging and control systems, energy management solutions and other components under the Bendix brand name for heavy and medium-duty trucks, trailers, tractors, buses and other commercial vehicles in North America. As an industry innovator, the company employs more than 2,700 people and is focused on providing solutions to enhance vehicle safety, performance and total operating costs. Bendix headquarters are located in Elyria, Ohio, and manufacturing plants are in Huntington, Indiana, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Acuna, Mexico. For additional information, the company’s phone number is 1-800-AIR-BRAKE.
About Dana Holding Corporation
As a worldwide leader in supplying cutting edge driveline, sealing and thermal-management technology, Dana works to increase the performance and efficiency of vehicles with both traditional and alternative energy powertrains. Dana focuses on three separate markets: passenger vehicles, off-highway equipment and commercial trucks. Dana has a network of 91 manufacturing, engineering and distribution facilities. The company began in 1904 and is headquartered in Maumee, Ohio. Dana employs 23,000 people in 26 countries on six continents. In 2013, Dana realized annual revenue in excess of $6.8 billion.