Continental, Michelin retreads verified under EPA’s SmartWay program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has verified four different retread tires under its SmartWay Technology Program, a testing, verification, and designation program designed to help freight companies identify equipment, technologies and strategies that save fuel and lower emissions. 

The following low rolling resistance technologies are SmartWay-verified when used on Class 8, line-haul tractor-trailers, according to the EPA:

• Continental’s HDL Eco Plus (precure) and HDT Eco Plus (precure) drive tires, as well as the HDT Eco Plus (precure) trailer tire; and
• Michelin’s XT1-AT (precure) trailer tire.

The EPA says the two manufacturers’ retread technologies can reduce NOx emissions and fuel use by 3% or more, relative to the best-selling retread technologies.

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  • With increase in raw material cost like petrol/diesel and natural rubber steel the Truck Tyre cost is increasing tremendously and reducing the profit margins of fleet operators.Maintainence of tyre and vehicle plus lower cost per km out of tyre cost is a major concern for healthy business sustainability of transporters.In order to overcome such situation improved retread technologies and various other service solution from major companies like continental, Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear is going to improve transport business .Also it is supporting enviornment protection by way of retreadability & less pollution.