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Michelin releases new energy efficient single wide drive tire


Thursday, March 25, 2010
by LYNDON FINNEY

Don Baldwin, product marketing manager for Michelin Americas Truck Tires, reveals the company's new X One XDA Energy Tire at the Mid-America Trucking Show Thursday. (The Trucker: KEVIN JONES)
Don Baldwin, product marketing manager for Michelin Americas Truck Tires, reveals the company's new X One XDA Energy Tire at the Mid-America Trucking Show Thursday. (The Trucker: KEVIN JONES)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Michelin Americas Truck Tires Thursday introduced what the company is calling is most fuel-efficient drive tire to date, the Michelin X One XDA Energy Tire.

The announcement came during a news conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show under way here.

The the tire was part of commissioned independent tests where the Michelin tires were proven to be more than 7 percent better than top competitors’ most fuel-efficient tires, according to Don Baldwin, product marketing manager.

“For long-haul truck fleet managers and owner-operators still sitting on the fence about wide-single tires, now is the time to make the switch from traditional duals,” Baldwin said., product marketing manager, Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “The X One XDA Energy tire is the most fuel-efficient drive tire versus the leading North American competitors —hands down—and can help truck fleets save at least 7 percent in annual fuel costs when used with Michelin XZA3 steer tires and X One XTA trailer tires.”

The X One XDA Energy tire is more fuel efficient thanks to innovative belt designs and Advanced Technology compounds, Baldwin said.

The MICHELIN wide single tire is made possible by the infini-coil technology.

More than a quarter-of-a-mile of steel cord wrapped circumferentially around the crown of every X One tire, Baldwin said.

“The infini-coil reduces casing growth and stabilizes the contact patch, reducing irregular wear,” he said. “In addition, matrix siping technology helps provide exceptional traction on dry and slippery surfaces. The three-dimensional matrix sipes lock together for the stability normally associated with solid tread blocks.”

The X One XDA Energy tire is available in size 445/50R22.5 coast-to-coast, and will replace the Michelin X One XDA tire.

A 455/50R22.5 size will be available January 1, 2011, Becker said.

With more than 550,000 wheel positions currently on the road, Michelin offers X One tires for various applications such as on-highway, off-highway, urban, waste hauling and recreational vehicles, Baldwin said.

The announcement comes on the 10-year anniversary of Michelin unveiling its first X One tire.

According to Ted Becker, the company’s new vice president of marketing, since 2000, Michelin X One tires have saved more than 58 million gallons of diesel fuel and more than 591,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas.

A four-year Department of Energy study released in 2009 showed wide single tires, like X One tires, increased vehicle fuel economy by 6 to 10 percent, Becker said.

“How much would your operation save with a 6 percent lower fuel bill?” Becker asked hypothecally.

Lyndon Finney of The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

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