If you are looking to upgrade your fleet’s trailer tires, then you are in luck. French multinational tire company, Michelin, has recently unveiled their newest offering – the Michelin X One Line Energy T2. According to this leading commercial tire company, the new product is their most fuel-efficient variant available for purchase.
The Michelin X One Line Energy T2 is a Smartway-verified tire that is available in 445/50R22.5 sizes. It is best suited for various truck trailer types including dry vans, tankers and reefers.
According to Adam Murphy, the vice-president for Michelin’s B2B marketing, the company’s X One Line Energy series was borne out of the company’s desire to provide not only quality but also fuel-efficient tires:
“Michelin is committed to investing in our X One technology. This new Michelin X One Line Energy T2 product delivers both improved tread wear while providing fuel and weight savings, lowering the total cost of ownership for fleets, especially during this economically challenged time in the trucking industry” explains Murphy.
With the release of Michelin’s X One Line Energy T2 tires, there is no denying the importance of commercial tire selection in fleet efficiency. Not only is the right tire instrumental in keeping costs low, but it also plays a role in securing the safety of a fleet’s most valuable assets – the drivers.
As a fleet manager, it is your responsibility to choose and maintain the right tires for your trucks. To ensure that you make the right decision, below are some of the characteristics that good tires have:
Opting to purchase heavy duty and well-regarded tires is beneficial because these upgrades lend to better road handling. After all, hauling big loads in a truck requires a different level of road handling than driving a non-commercial pick-up truck
Like most fleet upgrades, tires are quite the investment. While choosing second-rate options would save you money at the onset, low-quality tires aren’t made to last. You end up wasting more money than shelling out the big bucks on tires that are known to last for a long time. You have to keep in mind that these vehicles travel distances that are way more than your average car.
Another powerful reason to purchase better quality tires is the number of times a higher quality casing can be retreaded. Tires with lesser quality casings may be cheaper to start with, but when one considers their potential to be retreaded, quality tires which have the potential to be retreaded 2-3 times far outweigh the initial higher cost.
One of the best things about opting for good quality tires is the improved safety when it comes to hauling large loads. Because these tires are usually made from better performing materials such as, higher quality rubber compounds and steel components and they usually can carry more weight with ease.
Your fleet’s fuel efficiency is greatly affected by the tires that you choose. Fuel-efficient tires are designed to consider rolling resistance. Essentially, the lower the rolling resistance is, usually through tire design and materials, the less energy, or in this case fuel, is required to power the rig.
Michelin’s new fuel-efficient product provides a solid new option for your commercial tire purchases. Nevertheless, companies introduce new offerings every so often. To remain updated with the latest in tire and fleet news, be sure to check out our articles regularly.