Continental is displaying its latest tires and digital tire monitoring solutions at the TMC Annual Meeting. Making their trade show debut are three long haul tires: Conti EcoPlus HS3+ steer, HDL2 DL+ drive, and Conti HTL 3 trailer.
The tires are ideal for fleets who need high mileage performance coupled with fuel efficiency. In addition, the drive tire specially developed for one of the country’s largest LTL carriers, the Conti HDL 3 LTL, is now available to the wider market. The company will also display its ContiConnect Yard terminal-based and ContiConnect Live over-the-road tire monitoring solutions.
The Conti EcoPlus HS3+ steer tire delivers 27% better mileage than its predecessor, based on nine month field tests. The tire is optimized for maximum mileage performance, lowest overall fuel consumption, and durability for retreading – the key aspects for lowest overall driving cost in this segment. It features a technologically advanced cap compound to provide improved cut and tear resistance for increased mileage, balanced with excellent rolling resistance for fuel efficiency. The Conti 3G casing provides heat dispersion for increased retreadability. The tire is also designed to provide a comfortable ride, as drivers on long haul routes may spend many hours per day in their vehicles.
The Conti EcoPlus HS3+ is SmartWay verified, CARB compliant, and covered by a seven year, three retread warranty. It has a 19/32 in. tread depth and is currently available in the following sizes: 11R22.5 Load Range G and H, 295/75R22.5 Load Range G and H, 11R24.5 Load Range H, and 285/75R24.5 Load Range H.
The HDL2 DL+ drive tire features new tread cap/base compounds to provide improved wear performance, extending original tire life. The 32/32 in. deep lug tread depth provides high mileage and low cost per mile. This is coupled with groove technology for minimal stone retention, extending casing life. The tire is built on the Conti 3G casing for maximum retreadability. A matching retread is available.
The HDL2 DL+ is covered by a seven year, three retread warranty. It has a 32/32 in. tread depth and is currently available in the following sizes: 11R22.5 Load Range G and H, 295/75R22.5 Load Range G, 11R24.5 Load Range H, and 285/75R24.5 Load Range H. The 295/75R22.5 size enables fleets who spec this tire size on steer tires to facilitate easier casing management.
The Conti HTL 3 high mileage trailer tire delivers improved mileage versus Continental’s most fuel efficient trailer tire, the Conti EcoPlus HT3. Having tires focused on different performance aspects allows fleets to select the best tire for their business. The Conti HTL 3 features advanced tread compounding to balance cut and tear resistance with optimized rolling resistance, satisfying EPA Smartway and CARB requirements. Its durable sidewall construction defends against curbing, cuts, and abrasions. The tire is built on the Conti 3G casing for maximum retreadability.
The Conti HTL 3 is covered by a seven year, three retread warranty. It has a 13/32 in. tread depth and is currently available in the following sizes: 11R22.5 Load Range G, 295/75R22.5 Load Range G, and 11R24.5 Load Range G.
The Conti HDL 3 LTL was specially developed in conjunction with one of North America’s largest LTL carriers for its single axle drive vehicles. The tire delivers maximum fuel efficiency and high removal miles from advanced tread compounding. The design resists irregular wear caused from the high-torque single drive position, including heel-toe wear, thanks to rigid tread blocks that effectively control movement. It also features maximum stone ejection, superior traction, and even wear. It is SmartWay verified and built on the Conti 3G casing for maximum retreadability. A complementary retread, the ContiTread HDL 3 LTL-R, is also available.
The Conti HDL 3 LTL is covered by a seven year, three retread warranty. It has a 24/32 in. tread depth and is currently available in the following sizes: 11R22.5 Load Range G, 295/75R22.5 Load Range G, and 11R24.5 Load Range H.
With the Conti 3G casing, Continental’s wide, standardized casing construction allows for retreads up to 245 millimeters in width. The casing is ideal for multiple retread use in both long-haul drive and/or long-haul trailer applications. Continental offers a wide portfolio of drive and trailer retread patterns, including SmartWay verified and CARB compliant options.
The tires are also available as an intelligent tire pre-equipped with TPMS sensors, upon customer request. Maintaining proper tire inflation is critical, allowing fleets to extend the tread life, as well as maintain casing integrity for future retreading. Proper tire pressure also improves safety and handling, and helps prevent tire blowouts. Continental offers a full portfolio of digital tire monitoring systems under the ContiConnect umbrella to meet different fleet needs. Components of all systems can be combined to take advantage of different functionalities.
ContiConnect Yard Reader is Continental's terminal-based digital tire monitoring solution for commercial fleets, displaying tire pressure and temperature data for every vehicle in the fleet in a single web portal. It is ideal for fleets whose trucks or buses return to the terminal daily or multiple times per week.
ContiConnect Live is Continental’s over-the-road, real-time digital tire monitoring solution. It displays tire pressure and temperature for every vehicle in the fleet, regardless of the vehicle’s location, and includes a GPS location for tire alerts. It is ideal for real-time monitoring of multiple vehicles in any location, delivering actionable data even when vehicles are out on the road.
ContiConnect Live Integrated is available with telematics partners for additional ease of use. Zonar offers the integration of the Continental bird's eye-view into Zonar’s fleet management system. This integration generates tire pressure alerts directly to Zonar's web portal, Ground Traffic Control, where dispatchers and technicians can see all wheel positions on a vehicle in real-time, including which tires are low. Drivers can also view the vehicle’s current tire pressure on their in-cab tablet.