LAVAL, Que. — Tire manufacturer Michelin is lobbying the provinces to accept the use of super-single tires, in attempt to open the door for its new cost-saving tire: the X-One.
“At this point, because of provincial legislation, the X-One can only be run on Quebec and Ontario roads,” says Ralph Beaveridge, marketing manager for Michelin Truck Tire Canada. “However, we’re are working with local governments to ensure the X-One becomes an alternative available to all truckers across the country.”
The company explains that its new tire, unveiled in Dallas last November, offers tremendous cost savings each one takes the place of a set of duals. Going from four wheels to two per axle reduces weight, lowers rolling resistance and improves fuel economy.
Fewer wheels also mean fewer tires to mount, dismount, inspect and rotate — resulting in less vehicle downtime, according to Michelin.
“Less weight and lower rolling resistance result in reduced fuel consumption to meet the specific needs of over-the-road truckers,” says Beaveridge.
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