New steer tire comes SmartWay verified

Bridgestone Americas’ new R284 Ecopia steer tire has been unveiled with a SmartWay verification.

Designed for longhaul and regional service, the tire is made of a tread compound that promotes long wear, and NanoPro-Tech polymer technology that promises to improve rolling resistance by 5% when compared to an Ecopia R283A steer tire, the company says.

The tire’s IntelliShape sidewall features a slim bead to reduce tire weight and reduce rolling resistance as well. And a Fuel Saver Sidewall compound adds to the energy-saving benefits of the NanoPro-Tech polymer, Bridgestone adds.

Tread depth and width have been optimized to deliver a large tread volume, while side grooves in the tread pattern are included to minimize shoulder wear. Equalizer ribs in the tread absorb irregular wear in the process.

 

 

 

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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