Hankook achieves SmartWay certification

WAYNE, N.J. — Hankook Tire has had three of its commercial fleet tires certified for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Program, meeting the program’s requirement to reduce rolling resistance by 3 percent.

The recently launched AL07+ steer tire, Z35a drive tire and TL01 trailer tire all provide lower rolling resistance to meet SmartWay standards designed to promote cleaner, more efficient truck technologies.

“Diminishing the carbon footprint, improving fuel economy and reducing costs are the key areas of focus for the commercial fleet industry currently,” said Brian Sheehey, commercial tires director, Hankook Tire. “The SmartWay Program specifically addresses those concerns, providing fleet owners a clear means to reduce costs and help the environment.”

Engineers at Hankook’s Akron Technical Center in Akron, Ohio, took the lead on all compliancy testing and product development to help the tire maker secure this achievement.

“Hankook consistently invests approximately 5 percent of revenue into technological innovation,” said Sheehey. “We are particularly focused on improving fuel efficiencies and lowering the rolling resistance of current and future products. We definitely plan to get additional Hankook products certified for the SmartWay Program over the next several months.”
 

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