BURLINGAME, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aperia Technologies, a company focused on increasing transportation efficiency through clean technology innovation, today launches its new Halo Tire Inflator. Halo is a versatile, self-powered, bolt-on tire inflation technology that uses a wheel’s rotation to maintain optimal tire pressure. Halo creates significant savings on fuel costs for fleet operators, while reducing truck pollution, and improving the safety of America’s roads.
According to research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 55% of all truck tires on the road are not within their target pressure range. This reduces tire life and drives up annual tire costs, typically a fleet’s number one maintenance expense, by 10-15%. The study also shows that a typical tractor-trailer will experience one costly roadside service call each year due to a tire blowout caused by underinflation, endangering drivers and others on the road.
This same FMCSA data shows that maintaining proper tire pressure results in a 1-2% fuel efficiency increase. By eliminating tire underinflation, fleets can save more than $2,200 annually for each tractor-trailer. For a fleet with 1,000 tractors, that amounts to savings of a staggering $2.2 million a year.
“Halo is the first easy-to-install inflation system that works on both drive and trailer axles as well as both dual and wide-based tires. It operates on a similar principle to a self-winding watch,” said Josh Carter, CEO and Co-Founder of Aperia. “Halo uses a wheel's rotational motion to pump and maintain optimal tire pressure and therefore does not require any connection to a compressor. With two tools and ten minutes the Halo can save fleets time and money, while keeping the roads safer for drivers and the public.”
“Halo units have undergone extensive fleet evaluations for over two years, racking up 8 million miles of on-road testing. Halo has been tested from winters in Canada to summers in Florida,” explained Aperia’s CTO and co-founder Brandon Richardson. “Aperia expects Halo to operate effectively for 500,000 miles or 10 years.”
Halo is the first complete automatic tire inflation solution, serving tractors and trailers and both dual or wide-base tires. It works on the vast majority of Class 7 & 8 trucks and trailers, and on many other commercial vehicles such as buses, box trucks, and refuse vehicles.
Halo, an American Made product, is now available. Aperia will showcase Halo at the American Trucking Associations Technology and Maintenance Council Conference from March 10-13, 2014.
About Aperia Technologies, Inc.
California-based Aperia Technologies was founded in 2010 by two Stanford University mechanical engineering graduate students, one with deep roots in Detroit’s automotive industry and the other with the entrepreneurial spirit of the Silicon Valley. Since its inception, Aperia has been solely focused on combating the problem of tire underinflation in commercial vehicles. Its Halo Tire Inflator is a versatile, self-powered, bolt-on inflation technology that uses a wheel’s rotation to maintain optimal tire pressure in dual and wide-based tires on drive and trailer axles used on trucks, tractors, trailers, and buses. For more information visit www.aperiatech.com.