Crain News Service report
BIRMINGHAM, England (Feb. 5, 2014) — Goodyear's Fuelmax fuel-efficient truck tire line includes the first steer tire to be classified EU Tire Label A-grade in fuel economy under the European Union's tire rating system, the company said.
European fleets are now able to benefit from Goodyear's latest tire line, which became available in all European countries in 2014, according to the Akron-based tire maker. The Fuelmax line was released in September 2013.
Among the three Fuelmax families—Fuelmax S steer, Fuelmax D drive and Fuelmax T trailer—both the steer and trailer ranges offered qualified for A-grades in fuel efficiency according to the EU Tire Label requirements. The 385/55R22.5 Fuelmax S steer tire is believed to be the first truck steer on the market to achieve an A-grade in fuel efficiency, Goodyear said.
The financial and ecological savings that Fuelmax can offer are considerable, Goodyear said. An operator with a fleet of 50 trucks can save more than $287,097 each year by using Fuelmax in place of ones of the same size but which have EU Tire Label D-grade for fuel efficiency.
"Goodyear Fuelmax tires really will save money thanks to the fuel economy they offer," said Adam Stanton, commercial marketing manager for Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Europe.
This report appeared on the website of European Rubber Journal, a U.K.-based sister publication of Tire Business.