NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has introduced the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire, a SmartWay-verified trailer tire engineered for low rolling resistance and extended wear in long-haul and regional service applications.
The low-rolling-resistance design enables the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire to deliver nearly $400 in fuel savings over 100,000 miles when compared with the Bridgestone Ecopia R197 tire (based on R123 tires in all eight trailer tire positions, $3/gallon fuel cost and 80,000 lbs. total vehicle weight), the company said.
"Bridgestone Ecopia tires are designed with features that reduce fuel consumption, and they are engineered to be fit for retreading later on, making them a smart, sustainable business choice for fleets on a number of levels," said Kyle Chen, brand manager, truck and bus radial tires, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "Fuel-efficient tires that also deliver big on performance are a demonstration of our dedication to help lower the total cost of tire ownership and drive efficient mobility for all fleets."
The Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire features an IntelliShape sidewall, designed to reduce the overall tire weight and minimize rolling resistance, and patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology to limit energy loss and help improve fuel economy.
Other features include:
- A fuel-efficient tread design to lower rolling resistance and improve fuel economy;
- A tread pattern designed to increase traction and grip on wet roads, as well as absorption of tread edge stress to promote long, even wear;
- An optimized tread volume for long removal mileage; and
- A specialized defense groove structure to help establish even pressure at the tire shoulder and minimize tread edge wear.
The R123 can be retreaded with Bandag FuelTech retreads to capitalize on tire performance potential, drive down fuel costs and make mobility more efficient for fleets, Bridgestone said.