GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America officials announced today at the company’s headquarters that its X One fuel-efficient truck tire line is enjoying a banner sales year in 2010 and that the line had recently reached the sale of the one millionth tire.
The line of wide-single truck tires includes seven tires for a variety of applications, company officials said.
The line was introduced in 2000.
The latest tire in the X One line, the Michelin X One XDA Energy Tire, which the company said is the the most fuel-efficient drive tire in North America, was introduced in March 2010 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
Sales in 2010 are outpacing the 2009 year-to-date figures by 50 percent, the company said.
“As more trucks return to our North American highways, fleet managers are turning to the Michelin X One tire to help save fuel and add to their bottom line,” Ted Becker, vice president of marketing, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, said. “We’re finding these sales are coming from both existing customers who are already realizing the benefits of wide single tires, as well as new customers who are making the switch for the first time.”
In addition to the fuel savings, truck fleets are realizing the weight savings benefit of X One tires, Becker said.
“Because of the reduced weight, trucks with X One tires can save more than 700 pounds per truck, which leads to fewer trucks on the road for the same amount of load, resulting in increased freight efficiency and additional emission savings,” he said.
Since 2000, with X One tires, fleets have gained up to 10 percent in fuel efficiency, resulting in more than 63 million gallons of fuel, company officials reported in a news release.
This translates into 639,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions that did not enter the atmosphere. For a trucking fleet with 1,000 trucks, fitting X One tires can lead to a potential savings of 17,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, or the equivalent of removing 3,400 cars from the road.
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