Goodyear Launches EV-4R Harbour Tyre
Cost per mile and reliability are of utmost importance to the transport industry, and this particularly applies to operators of harbour based container and freight terminals. The duties carried out by straddle carriers at these sites are often strenuous, and the tyres used there need to provide maximum load capacity and high wear resistance. With its new EV-4R for straddle carriers, Goodyear claims to have developed a radial tyre that satisfies both criteria.
In developing the EV-4R Goodyear claims engineers set the needs of vehicle operators as their guiding principle and paid particular attention to load capacity and operating life. To achieve results in these two areas they developed a new casing construction that is said to enable a greater load and increased stability, particularly at high speeds. The EV-4R has a load index of 200 – as Goodyear points out, this means a load carrying capacity of 17.5 tonnes at 25km/h.
The rubber compound used in the new straddle carrier tyre is designed with the changeable weather conditions encountered in harbour areas in mind, Goodyear reports. The tread pattern incorporates grooves that are said to impart the EV-4R with “exceptional levels of comfort and precise steering”, features Goodyear points to as important aspects in confined and hectic loading areas. Furthermore, the manufacturer states the tread design offers optimal pressure distribution in the tyre’s footprint and wear is therefore evenly distributed. The EV-4R is currently available in size 16.00 R 25.