MATS: Michelin’s wide single drives fuel efficiency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — To celebrate its 10th year of X One wide single truck tires, Michelin introduced its most fuel-efficient drive tire to date: the Michelin X One XDA Energy tire.

Unveiled to the public this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., the tire was part of commissioned independent tests where the Michelin tires were proven to be more than 7 percent better than top competitors’ most fuel-efficient tires.

“For long-haul truck fleet managers and owner-operators still sitting on the fence about wide-single tires, now is the time to make the switch from traditional duals,” said Don Baldwin, product marketing manager, Michelin Americas Truck Tires.

After 3,000 miles of commissioned third-party testing, Michelin says, there was a 7 percent gap between the Michelin truck – equipped with XZA3 steer tires, the new X One XDA Energy drive tires and X One XTA trailer tires – and two trucks equipped with the leading competitors’ self-proclaimed fuel-efficient tires.

“In an industry full of fuel-efficiency benefit claims, it’s clear that not all fuel-efficient tires are created equal,” said Baldwin. “Some in the industry continue to say that wide-single technology – such as Michelin X One tire technology – is designed for a niche market, but we continue to see more fleets in more segments switch to wide singles. We expect this trend to accelerate in the coming days.”

The X One XDA Energy tire is more fuel efficient thanks to innovative belt designs and Advanced Technology compounds. The Michelin wide single tire is made possible by the Infini-Coil Technology—more than a quarter-of-a-mile of steel cord wrapped circumferentially around the crown of every X One tire.

The Infini-Coil reduces casing growth and stabilizes the contact patch, reducing irregular wear. In addition, Matrix Siping Technology helps provide exceptional traction on dry and slippery surfaces. The three-dimensional Matrix sipes lock together for the stability normally associated with solid tread blocks.

The X One XDA Energy tire is available in size 445/50R22.5 coast-to-coast, and will replace the Michelin X One XDA tire.

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