When deciding which tires to buy for your fleet, focusing only on price and not quality might actually end up costing you more. For the data on what tires are best for you go to SmartWay. SmartWay verification tells a fleet manager a tire has low rolling resistance which will help reduce a tractor trailers fuel consumption by at least 3%.
Some SmartWay Approved Tires include:
Yokohama Tire TY51: “wide-based tire has added traction and long even wear with an advanced profile for increased durability and retreadability.”
Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D truck tire: “North America’s most fuel-efficient long-haul tire.”
Cooper Tires offers a full range of Roadmaster tires low-rolling-resistance which helps to improve fuel economy.
Giti Tire USA 16-ply version of its GT Radial GSL213FS long-haul steer tire is designed for higher front-end axles and gross vehicle weight.
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MVT a trucking fleet in Texas has a reputation for being the most fuel-efficient trucking fleet in the US. Well, the have just one-upped themselves by buying 1,200 FlowBelow Tractor AeroKits which will lower their need for diesel by 300,000 gallons, which will save them more then one million dollars. With this technology the tractors trailers will get 9 miles per gallon as opposed to the standard 5.8 miles per gallon. For more info go to KGNS>>
Although field testing for natural gas enginges for trucks will continue, it has slowed down. Development of natural gas engines for longhaul trucking has been slow and steady over the past year. With unassurance of interest of these development by stakeholders Volvo will not set a commercialization date for the natural gas engine for heavy trucks. TruckingInfo>>