Bridgestone launches first dedicated Ecopia trailer tyre
Bridgestone’s fuel economy focused Ecopia truck tyre range has added a dedicated trailer product to its ranks for the first time: the new Ecopia H-Trailer 001. Bridgestone says the tyre has been designed to achieve increased fuel saving in highway operations, courtesy of improved rolling-resistance and wet grip performance. The manufacturer adds that the Ecopia H-Trailer 001 has strong mileage and durability characteristics.
Bridgestone has used the NanoPro-Tech compound to reduce energy loss through the Ecopia H-Trailer 001. The tyre also features a waved belt, which increases casing stability and durability allowing for higher load capability and casing retreadability. Compared to the new tyre’s predecessor, the R109 Ecopia, the H-Trailer 001 provides substantially lower rolling resistance and enhanced grip and braking response in wet-weather conditions, Bridgestone says.
Independent road tests conducted in July 2011 by TÜV SÜD showed that the rest of the current truck tyre range, the Ecopia H-Steer 001 and H-Drive 001 provide 18.9 and 26.5 per cent lower rolling resistance respectively than the previous Ecopia series, leading to a reduction of fuel consumption of 4.4 per cent. Together with the new trailer tyre, Bridgestone estimates that highway operators can save up to five per cent fuel with the latest Ecopia combination compared to the previous series; an important advantage considering that fuel represents around 25 per cent of total costs in long-haul transportation.
“Thanks to an optimum balance between rolling resistance and mileage durability the new Ecopia tyres are the answer for fleets that want to reduce their operating costs, both in fuel cost reduction and for lowering the cost per kilometre” says Harald Van Ooteghem, senior manager marketing planning, Commercial Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe.