Michelin solutions launches ‘Effitires with fuel commitment’
Michelin solutions used the Commercial Vehicle Show 2015 to launch what it calls “a new pan-European value-creation offer for road transport fleets”. In other words, this means the firm is offering price per kilometre (PPK) tyre management contracts with a contractual fuel saving commitment, for the first time.
Michelin solutions calls this – ‘Effitires with fuel commitment’ and it is designed to make both hauliers’ and own-account operators’ fleets more efficient by combining outsourced tyre procurement and expert tyre management with a commitment to saving fuel.
The fuel commitment is generated following a custom audit of the fleet conducted by Michelin solutions to evaluate its operational condition and the nature of the fleet’s work.
To be eligible for this new offer the customer must have equipped at least 70 per cent of its fleet with a telematics system and commit to fitting vehicles covered under the contract with energy-efficient Michelin tyres. In the event of the contractual savings not being attained, Michelin solutions will reimburse the operator for the unrealised savings on a pro rata basis.
Paul Davey, commercial director of Michelin solutions in the UK and Republic of Ireland, said: “We are confident our new ‘Effitires with fuel commitment’ solution will allow customers to create value while focusing on their core business. By combining our know-how with Michelin’s expertise in low rolling-resistance truck tyres, we can offer a seriously strong fuel saving proposition.”
An Effitires contract also includes 24-hour roadside assistance for tyre-related breakdowns, with a promise to arrive on the scene within two hours of receiving a call-out.
Michelin solutions has experience of working on over 300,000 vehicles across Europe, managed by a team of 800 tyre experts. Established as a new company within the Michelin Group in May 2013, Michelin solutions is purportedly the only major player on the market offering a fuel saving commitment based on results.