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Yokohama adds TY517 ultra wide to SmartWay technologies

The TY517 is Yokohama’s latest ultra wide base drive tire, offers superior traction, along with long, even wear, a company official said.

The Trucker News Services

1/29/2013

FULLERTON, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp.’s new TY517 commercial tire has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay list of verified technologies.

Yokohama, which now has nine products recognized as SmartWay “low rolling resistance tires,” will debut the TY517 at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 21-23 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

SmartWay Transport, a collaboration between the EPA and the freight sector, is designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.

The TY517, Yokohama’s latest ultra wide base drive tire, offers superior traction, along with long, even wear, according to Rick Phillips, Yokohama’s director of commercial sales, who said the advanced profile contributes to the TY517’s durability for increased retreadability. It is now available in size 445/50R22.5.

“The TY517 meets the SmartWay program’s stringent verified low rolling resistance criteria because it runs cooler and helps reduce fuel consumption, which cuts costs for fleets and benefits the environment,” Phillips said. “We’re proud to be recognized by the EPA for our environmental initiatives and look forward to being part of the SmartWay program for years to come.”

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917.

For more information on Yokohama’s product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

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