Continental’s Commercial Tire Division has just introduced what it says is one of the few open-shoulder drive tires to be verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for low rolling resistance.

The new HDR1 Eco Plus (heavy drive regional) is aimed at local pickup-and-delivery fleets that want a true open-shoulder design for optimal traction, yet need the on-highway fuel efficiency of a low-rolling-resistance tire, the company explains. It meets the requirements of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Continental says the tire keeps the same open-shoulder design and reduced stone retention of the original HDR1 model, introduced in 2009, with the addition of an innovative lug angle that resists irregular wear over its lifetime; a tread design with grooves that reduce stone retention; and advanced fuel-efficient tread compounding. Those compounding advancements are what allowed the tire to be verified for low rolling resistance by SmartWay, and the new tire is said to be 19 percent better in those terms than its predecessor.

The HDR1 Eco Plus remains a true open-shoulder tire for its entire life, says Continental, ensuring traction in inclement weather that isn’t always found in closed-shoulder designs.

It’s available now in load ranges G and H, size 275/80R22.5. 

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