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Goodyear introduces new 'game changer,' fuel-efficient tire


Wednesday, October 1, 2014
by LYNDON FINNEY

Goodyear officials said the Fuel Max LHD G505D incorporates the most fuel-efficient rubber compounds and the company’s advanced tread design. (Courtesy: GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER CO.)
Goodyear officials said the Fuel Max LHD G505D incorporates the most fuel-efficient rubber compounds and the company’s advanced tread design. (Courtesy: GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER CO.)

AKRON, Ohio — Calling it a “true game changer for the industry,” the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Wednesday unveiled “the most fuel efficient” long-haul drive tire in North America.

“In commercial long-haul applications, we know fuel efficiency and savings is critical,” Andrea Russell, brand manager, commercial tire marketing, said during an online news conference with members of the trucking media. “Goodyear has been listening to what fleets have been saying and they’ve been telling us ‘we need to save money on fuel and reduce our operating costs.’ What really makes today so exciting for us is that the Goodyear LHD G505D is the most fuel-efficient, long-haul drive tire in North America.”

Available now, the Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D replaces the Goodyear 305ATLHD.

“The reason we are making the claim of the most fuel efficient drive tire in North America is because the rolling resistance is industry leading among [competitor’s] drive tires,” said Brian Buchman, general manager, product marketing, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems.

The Fuel Max technology, he noted, incorporates the most fuel-efficient rubber compounds in tire construction and the company’s advanced tread design.

“This tire will be SmartWay certified [the paperwork has been filed] and internally we’re calling this ‘Super SmartWay’ because the rolling resistance is so good,” Buchman told reporters.

In making the announcement, Goodyear officials compared the capabilities of its new tire with those of competitors based on a Class 8 tractor-trailer driving 120,000 miles a year, getting 6.5 miles per gallon fuel usage, purchasing fuel at $4 a gallon and operating with greenhouse gas approved engines.

Used in the comparisons were the Michelin X Line Energy D 275/80R22.5 LR G, Bridgestone M710 Ecopia size 295/75R22.5 LR G and Continental EcoPlus HD3 295/75R22.5 LR G.

Goodyear said the Fuel Max LHD G505D improves truck fuel economy by, on average, 2 percent compared to the Michelin X Line Energy D; 1.3 percent compared to the Continental EcoPlus HD3; and .09 percent compared to the Bridgestone M710 Ecopia.

Thus, the company said, the new tire saves on average:

• $1,444 worth of fuel per truck, per year, compared to the Michelin X Line Energy D

• $896 of fuel per truck, per year, compared to the Continental EcoPlus HD3, and

• $672 of fuel per truck, per year, compared to the Bridgestone M710 Ecopia.

Goodyear tested the tire at its San Angelo, Texas, proving ground.

It said based on the testing, the rolling resistance of the new tire is 15 percent lower than the Michelin X Line Energy D, 7 percent lower than the Bridgestone M710 Ecopia, and 10 percent lower than the Continental EcoPlus HD3.

In addition to what the company called “superior” fuel economy in marketing the tire, Goodyear said that:

• The Fuel Max technology incorporates innovative fuel-efficient rubber compounds, tire construction and tread design that lower rolling resistance to help promote energy efficiency and enhance fuel economy.

• The Tredlock technology features interlocking micro grooves and a wide tread to help stabilize the tread for long life and enhanced toughness.

• The highly siped center rib and lateral grooves help enhance all-season traction.

• Penetration protectors help resist stone drilling for retreadability, and

• The steel-belt casing package offers toughness, endurance and robust retreadability.

Goodyear officials would not release the price point for the new tire, saying only it would be competitive with comparable drive tires.

They said Goodyear had been in contact with OEMs about the new tire and Goodyear dealerships, both of which were very positive about the Fuel Max LHD G505D, but didn’t know at this point if any OEM planned to make the tires standard equipment. 

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