Bridgestone offers fuel-saving tire system for steer, drive, trailer positions
Aug 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions now offers a total tire system that can save money and helps the planet as well.
Five new tires in the Bridgestone Ecopia line for steer, drive, and trailer positions, and four new tread designs in the Bandag FuelTech line complement the drive and trailer Ecopia line up. They provide drivers and fleets a fuel-efficient and eco-friendly option from new tire through retread.
The advanced compounding for lower rolling resistance; the tread designs for long, even wear; and the additional technology benefits from the Ecopia tire and casing system could save up to 5% in fuel costs and up to 29% in total tire wear cost, when retreading an Ecopia casing with Bandag FuelTech.
These technologies offer benefits that make Ecopia and FuelTech a total tire system:
Within the tire tread, Bridgestone's patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology, available in all new Ecopia tires, helps control particle movement, which reduces energy loss.
Fuel Saver Sidewall compound reduces heat generation, which lowers rolling resistance and improves fuel economy.
Bridgestone's new IntelliShape sidewall, found in the M710 Ecopia drive radial and R197 Ecopia trailer tire, contain less bead filler volume, which lowers tire weight.
A new Defense Side Groove feature has been added to the R283 Ecopia steer tire, which creates uniform pressure along the footprint at the shoulder and helps extend tread life.
A High Rigidity Tread Pattern was added to all Ecopia and FuelTech designs to extend wear.
The patented Waved Belt design in Greatec Ecopia tires improves durability, contributing to a more retreadable casing, especially when paired with a Bandag FuelTech product. The use of patented Turn-In-Ply technology enhances durability and retreadability over the life of the casing.
These features found in Ecopia casings carry through to the retreading side, extending these fuel efficiency benefits while extending the life of the tire.
All FuelTech tread patterns complement the new drive and trailer Ecopia tires; B710 FuelTech drive and B197 FuelTech trailer retreads. For users of wide base singles, there are Bandag B835 FuelTech and B135 FuelTech retreads (based on the new Bridgestone Greatec M835 Ecopia drive and Greatec R135 Ecopia trailer radials).
Customers can compute potential savings with this tire system using an online calculator at ecopiatrucktires.com.
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