August 28, 2006

Goodyear launches fuel-efficient truck tire lines

Dallas, Texas – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has introduced a new, fuel-efficient commercial tire technology and three new tires for long-haul trucks at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas.

Called Fuel Max Technology, the line includes new steer, drive and trailer tires and retreads; Steve McClelland, Goodyear vice president of commercial tire systems, says that an 18-wheeler outfitted with Fuel Max tires could achieve up to four per cent improved fuel economy.

Earlier tests by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) showed an eight per cent improvement in fuel economy, compared with standard Goodyear tires, when driven at highway speeds at Goodyear Proving Grounds. Goodyear engineers adjusted the SAE results to four per cent to estimate real-world conditions, such as varying driver inputs, road conditions and terrain, and truck aerodynamics.

Assuming a truck is driven 120,000 miles (193,121 km) per year and fuel costs US$2.85 per gallon, the Fuel Max Technology could save up to US$2,100 in fuel per year. The tires are built at Goodyear’s facilities in Topeka, Kansas and Danville, Virginia.

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