Goodyear Launches Fuel Efficient Truck Tire Technology - Tire Review Magazine

Goodyear Launches Fuel Efficient Truck Tire Technology

(Akron/Tire Review) Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. today unveiled a new fuel efficiency technology that, the company said, can deliver up to 4% better truck fuel economy.

Goodyear’s Fuel Max Technology was launched in a new line that includes steer, drive, trailer tires and retreaded tires for line-haul operations.

Goodyear tires featuring Fuel Max Technology include the Unisteel G395 LHS steer, Unisteel G305 LHD drive and Unisteel G316 LHT trail tire in sizes 11R22.5, 295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5. Goodyear also is offering UniCircle and precure retreading with Fuel Max Technology.

The tiremaker said it estimates a 4% improvement in fuel economy in real-world applications, even though SAE testing showed the technology can improve truck fuel efficiency by some 8%, Goodyear officials said.

 “The potential fuel savings with Fuel Max Technology will help customers reduce their operating costs,” said Steve McClellan, vice president of Goodyear’s commercial tire systems. “The use of innovative tread designs, along with advanced compound and manufacturing technologies, allowed us to drive improved fuel economy while maintaining a low cost-per-mile for our customers.
 
“Operators can put existing casings to work utilizing our new technology,” McClellan said. “And, because retreads match the same innovative tread designs of our new Fuel Max tires, that’s a huge advantage for our customers.”

The three fuel-efficient tires will be built in Goodyear’s Topeka, Kan., and Danville, Va., manufacturing plants.

 

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