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Conti HTL1 truck tire is SmartWay approved

A fourth Continental truck tire, the HTL1 wide-based trailer tire, has been approved by the EPA for inclusion in their SmartWay Transport Partnership list. SmartWay Transport is a collaboration between the EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and improve energy security. Part of this “green list” includes truck tires that meet government standards for low rolling resistance. Low rolling resistance means that less energy is used to overcome friction between the tire and road surface, resulting in less fuel consumption and better gas mileage.

Continental officials remarked: “Based upon data provided by tire manufacturers and EPA testing and research, the EPA determined that certain tire models can provide a reduction in emissions and an estimated fuel savings of 3% or greater… when used on all three axles.”

The other Continental truck tires that made the grade were the Continental HSL2 steer tire, the Continental HDL Eco Plus drive tire, and the Continental HTL Eco Plus.

For access to wholesale truck tires, contact Future Tire at 516-752-9200.

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Introducing the new Yokohama ENVigor

Yokohama Tire Corporation is set to start shipping an all-new “grand performance” tire that is shaping up to be one of the largest tire launches in the history of the company. Starting in March 2010, the all-new Yokohoma ENVigor line will hit store shelves in 69 different sizes! This exciting new product aims to be the first tire that offers a complete blend of all-season performance, a smooth ride with low road noise, low rolling resistance for improved gas mileage, and maximum treadlife. It appears to be what many would call “a dream tire.”

Yokohama’s confidence in the new ENVigor lineup is evidenced by the sheer size of the launch. Usually new tires are released in popular sizes to start so that the marketability can be gauged. In this case, Yokohama has decided to release the ENVigor in 69 sizes right off the bat. This usually means that the company knows they have a good product that the market is going to want – badly. Yokohama also expects to have the new lineup replace their popular AVID A4, V4, and W4 models.

The Yokohama AVID ENVigor has several features in its tread design that aid with things like water traction, winter traction, hydroplaning, reduced noise, even treadwear, and fuel efficiency. It certainly appears to be a very well-rounded tire. Here’s what Yokohama VP Dan King had to say about the new tire:

“ENVigor is unlike any product the industry has developed to date,” said Dan King, Yokohama vice president, sales and marketing. “Only ENVigor delivers collectively all the performance and environmental attributes in a single tire that a new category virtually had to be created for it: Grand Performance. It provides excellent traction and handling, enhanced comfort and treadlife – all while delivering remarkable gas mileage. It’s quite possibly the most complete tire ever created.”

For access to this and other wholesale Yokohama tires, you can contact Future Tire at 516-752-9200.

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Yokohoma Tire celebrates 40th anniversary in the states

Yokohama has already perfected a method for using orange oil to create rubber, instead of petroleum.

40 years ago today, the Yokohoma Tire Corporation opened up its doors in Los Angeles. Today it remains one of the most competitive and innovative tire manufacturers in the world, one that remains committed to a quality product and environmental responsibility.

Takao Oishi, president and CEO of Yokohoma Tire Company, reiterated the company’s vision on the 40th anniversary of their launch in the U.S.: “Our philosophy in the U.S. is to embrace corporate social responsibility with a focus on a triple bottom line. This triple bottom line consists of the economy, society and environment. Specific to environmental stewardship, we are affecting positive changes in our manufacturing processes, materials and product performance. Our overall corporate goal is to deliver the best products at competitive prices and on time while minimizing impact to our planet.”

One of the more innovative examples of Yokohama’s creativity and eco-responsibility are their series of orange oil infused tires. Instead of using petroleum to make the rubber used for most tires, Yokohama has used the oil from processed orange rinds to manufacture rubber that has less of an impact on the environment. Yokohama also claims that orange oil improves the grip of the tires, reducing rolling resistance and improving overall gas mileage.

In addition to the orange oil tires, Yokohama also features a full lineup of passenger car, light truck, commercial truck, high-performance and construction tires. For access to the complete inventory of wholesale Yokohama tires, contact Future Tire at 516-752-9200.

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Are “wooden” tires on the way?

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As consumer demand for cheaper, more fuel-efficient tires continues to grow, researchers are exploring some pretty interesting opportunities to revolutionize the way tires are constructed. Wood researchers, that’s right – wood researchers – at Oregon State University have stumbled upon a potential material that could be used as a reinforcement filler inside tires. The microcrystalline cellulose they are testing could be used to manufacture inexpensive energy-efficient tires that also offer better performance, higher heat resistance, and retained tensile strength.

Right now, most tires use carbon black as a filler, which is made from oil and silica. These materials are becoming increasingly expensive, and they are also dense and therefore detrimental to the fuel-efficiency of the tire. Microcrystalline cellulose, on the other hand, can be produced rather inexpensively and does not detract from mileage like carbon black does. By replacing 12% of the silica in carbon black with cellulose fibers, OSU researchers were able to achieve promising results that suggest it’s time to change the way passenger tires are reinforced. Plant fibers are already widely used to reinforce other rubber products such as hoses, insulation, and automotive belts.

Researchers are optimistic about the implications of their ongoing research, though they say more testing is needed before the technology becomes widespread.

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Toyo Proxes A20 chosen as OE tire on 2010 Toyota Prius V

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The Toyo Proxes A20 is renowned for its low rolling resistance, wet and dry braking performance, stellar handling, and the quiet, comfortable ride it provides. The tire is already a top seller – but it’s about to get a whole lot more popular. Toyo Tire Holdings of America has announced that their Proxes A20 has been officially slated as the original equipment tire for the newest generation of the Toyota Prius, the Prius V. The Prius V eclipses the fuel economy of its predecesors with an impressive EPA-estimated 50mpg on average.

The new generation also features a 24HP boost for better performance and quicker acceleration. The revitalized exterior and expanded interior rest on a set of four 215/45R17 87V Toyo Proxes A20s, which are specially engineered to minimize the amount of friction between the tread and road surface. Less friction means the car uses less fuel to overcome resistance, resulting in improved gas mileage. Exact improvements are difficult to calculate, but the lower rolling resistance generated by the Proxes A20 certainly won’t hurt the Prius’ stellar fuel economy ratings.

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Does rolling resistance really matter?

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With fuel prices on the rise again and  consumer demand for eco-friendly products higher than ever, many motorists have their sights set on low rolling resistance tires. These tires, which minimize the friction (and therefore energy lost) between the tread and the road, promise better gas mileage and less oil consumption. Many swear by low rolling resistance tires, but many are also starting to ask questions about just how effective they are, as well as how uniform and accurate current rolling resistance measurment tests are.

Major tire manufacturers such as Goodyear have begun to heavily market their eco-friendly tires as a guaranteed way to generate improved fuel economy. The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires promise a 4% improvement. But can drivers really expect this improvement to be standard regardless of other circumstances and conditions? The short answer is that while low rolling resistance tires can improve fuel economy, there are dozens of factors which affect the amount of rolling resistance a tire generates. That means it’s very difficult for a manufacturer, or even a third party like the NHTSA, to estimate a tires rolling resistance. Factors like vehicle weight, its aerodynamic design, the condition of the road surface, tire inflation, and wheel alignment can all affect a tire’s rolling resistance. In light of this, it’s important to understand that any improvements promised by manufacturers should be taken as ballpark figures, not laws etched in stone. This also means that regulating agencies must be careful not to make rolling resistance standards cost-prohibitive to the manufacturer.

The bottom line? Low rolling resistance tires will save you fuel and money in many cases. The exact percentage is subject to debate and vulnerable to influence from many other factors. If you want to do everything you can to improve your fuel economy, these tires are the way to go. But if you’re purchasing them because the manufacturer or the NHTSA or anybody else promises an x.x% improvement, understand that you may not see the same results that these organizations achieved in controlled laboratory conditions.

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A first look at the proposed NHTSA’s new tire information labels

nhtsa-tire-labelsAs part of the effort to educate consumers about improving gas mileage, the Department of Transportation has unveilved a new labeling system that offers an easy way to compare fuel efficiency, wet traction and treadwear ratings among different tires. These labels, which will be affixed to all tires and clearly visible at the point of sale, are the first ones to include information about a tire’s impact on fuel economy. Mileage ratings are calculated by measuring the rolling resistance of the tire.

In addition to putting the new labels on the tire, consumers will also be able to browse a comprehensive ratings database at www.safercar.gov. The intent behind the new labeling system is to lead consumer’s to make more environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient purchases. This puts pressure on manufacturers to create low rolling resistance models that will appeal to conscious consumers.

“The proposal takes the guess work out of buying the best tires for your vehicle,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Our proposal would let consumers look at a single label and compare a tire’s overall performance as it relates to fuel economy, safety and durability.”


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California Energy Commission proposes new tire efficiency ratings

The CEC proposed a tire efficiency rating that will allow consumers to easily compare rolling resistance between tires of the same size and load index.

The CEC proposed a tire efficiency rating that will allow consumers to easily compare rolling resistance between tires of the same size and load index.

With demand for fuel-efficient low rolling resistance tires climbing, some officials in California are looking for ways to foster competition between tire manufacturers. By mandating official tire efficiency regulations, the California Energy Commission hopes that tire makers will dedicate more time and resources to creating the most efficient tires on the market.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association responded to the CEC’s proposal by pointing out the immense costs that could go in to instituting and adhering to the new regulations – costs the RMA estimates will land in the $20 million range. The RMA was also quick to point out that there already is a 5-star efficiency rating system in place, which ranks tires based on their rolling resistance coefficient. However, the ratings proposed by the CEC would rate tires of the same size and load index against each other for results that are easier to compare and understand.

The CEC believes the rating system will force competition in the market.  “A ranking system driven by the ‘best in class tire’ can ignite a competitive spirit,” the CEC said.

Despite the CEC’s predictions, tire manufacturers still seem reluctant to support the plan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is already in the process of putting together rolling resistance regulations, which is another reason RMA-member manufacturers are balking at the CEC’s proposal. It will be interesting to see who wins this battle. Either way, it’s important that some form of tire efficiency rating is put into place. This simple measure makes it easier for consumers to make educated purchasing decisions that eventually benefit everyone.

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What do new U.S. MPG standards mean for the tire industry?

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President Obama is expected to announce new emissions and mileage standards today, a move designed to usher in a new generation of green technology and minimized environmental impact. The new standards would require a roughly 30% improvement in miles per gallon for all cars and light trucks sold in the United States. This raises the current standard for passenger cars from 27.5 mpg to 42mpg by 2016, and mileage for light trucks from 24 mpg to 26.2 mpg.

The new standards seem to please both states such as California, that have been trying to enact strict emissions standards, and automakers who believed it the states were imposing unfair limits. Now that the regulations are coming from the federal level, automakers have greater reason and justification to comply, and they also have more time to overhaul their vehicle fleets. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club are also very pleased with the new standards, and according to its director, this move is “one of the most significant efforts undertaken by any president, ever, to end our addiction to oil and seriously slash our global warming emissions.”

The new emissions and MPG standards are a great step in the right direction, but what does this mean for tire manufacturers and the tire industry overall? Well, it’s impossible to tell for sure, but it does seem that the market for low rolling resistance tires is about to see a big increase. As auto manufacturers strive to reach the new 42mpg standards, they are going to need all the help they can get to increase efficiency. Low rolling resistance tires such as the Michelin Energy, Continental Contact, Goodyear Assurance FuelMax, Bridgestone Ecopia and more may be eyed as the original equipment tires for the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Eco-friendly tires: Yokohama Z.environment

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Breaking news in the eco-friendly tire market – Yokohama has officially announced that all four sizes of its 103ZR fuel efficient truck tires are now at full production. The 103ZR model is part of Yokohama’s Z.environment line which also includes 703ZL and 501ZA models. The Z.environment tires offer a combination of rubber compound, tread design and casing construction to create a long-lasting tread and low rolling resistance, which ultimately equates to better fuel mileage.

Other features of the 103ZR models include stone ejection technology, stronger and more pliable rubber, a wide and deep tread that promotes even wear, and a casing construction that predicts changes in tire shape that occur with early wear. All of these features make the 103ZR Z.environment tires a great all-position truck tire for any application. These eco-friendly wholesale Yokohama truck tires will be available at regional wholesale dealers in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for what is sure to be a popular product line.

The four available sizes are:

  •  295/75R22.5 14(G) and 16(H) ply
  •  11R22.5 14(G) and 16(H) ply
  •  285/75R24.5 14(G) ply
  •  11R24.5 14(G) and 16(H) ply

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