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Low Rolling Resistance Tires – A Ticket To Increased Fuel Economy?

By GreenCompany | February 6, 2013

For the trucking industry, are low rolling resistance tires a ticket to increased fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining current winter performance? A Transport Canada commissioned study released earlier this week focusing on the safety and environmental performance of low rolling resistance tires, suggests they are.


In heavy-duty trucking applications, the installation of low rolling resistance (LRR) tires could result in fuel savings of between 4 and 11% and subsequently offer reduced greenhouse gas emissions. And based on the testing performed, low rolling resistance tires have an average 29% lower rolling resistance than their conventional counterparts with no discernible trend of performance bias towards LRR or non-LRR tires when tested to failure.

The best news for those in trucking industry, today’s generation of low rolling resistance tires offer a similar level of snow traction performance as those found on conventional tires. What trucking business wouldn’t want to save on fuel costs while maintaining current levels of winter driving safety?

Next up should be studying their application for passenger vehicles in Canada.

For more information about the ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program, study parameters and test results see:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/programs/environment-etv-packed-snow-performance-eng-2913.htm

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