Bridgestone to design SuperTruck tires with 30% less rolling resistance

by Truck News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bridgestone has announced its involvement in the SuperTruck II program, funded by the US Department of Energy.

The company will produce steer, drive and trailer tires as part of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck II project and will match funding received from the DoE. The program will include six different tire technologies, including: sizing, curing, casing construction, casing compounds, tread patterns and tread compounding.

Bridgestone says its prototype tires are expected to deliver up to a 6% improvement in fuel efficiency through a 30% decrease in rolling resistance compared to a 2009 baseline.

“Bridgestone is committed to engineering innovative products and solutions that maximize uptime, improve efficiency and deliver best-in-class performance for our commercial customers,” said Steve Charles, vice-president of product development, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.  “Additionally, this project is closely aligned with our internal goal to produce best in class products that contribute to reducing global CO2 emissions by 50% or greater by the year 2050.  We are honored to be a part of the SuperTruck II program, working together with our partners to drive the industry forward and ensure a sustainable environment for current and future generations.”

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