Meritor has introduced its FUELite tandem axle, the first member of its SoloDrive Series axles which features 6x2 tandem rear axles.
Based on the proven Meritor 160 series drive axle, the FUELite tandem axle is designed for linehaul applications to maximize weight savings and increase fuel efficiency.
The Meritor FUELite tandem axle delivers nearly 400 pounds in weight savings and approximately a two-percent increase in fuel efficiency when compared to a traditional 6x4 configuration.
Features and benefits of the Meritor FUELite tandem axle include:
- Meritor’s 160 DualTrac housing that allows the option of running wide-based single tires or duals for enhanced efficiency and improved residual value.
- A 2.50 to 4.10 ratio range available to match the application.
- A 12.7-millimeter wall housing that is compatible with all current 40,000-pound tandem air suspensions.
All SoloDrive Series axles will utilize the same rear-tag axle for simplified maintenance and are designed to function optimally with Meritor brakes and options.
"We engineered the FUELite axle to accommodate all 40,000-pound linehaul suspensions, delivering an optimum solution that is lightweight yet heavy on performance,” said Charlie Allen, general manager, Rear Drive Axles, Meritor.
“The Meritor SoloDrive Series is designed to provide lightweight axle solutions with greater efficiency by providing one driving axle in a tandem configuration. We’re confident that the FUELite will deliver these results to our customers.”
The Meritor axle warranty for linehaul applications is five years or 750,000 miles with parts and labor included, and every claim is fully supported by its industry-leading online warranty claim system.
Meritor Advantage Plans offer extended coverage up to seven years in linehaul applications.
More than 100,000 14X tandem drive axles sold since the product launch less than two years ago.