FORT MILL, SC - Two additional truck tires from Continental Tire the Americas, LLC were added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership's list of verified fuel savings technologies.
Continental's HSL2 Eco Plus (Heavy Steer Long-Haul) and HDL2 Eco Plus (Heavy Drive Long-Haul) truck tire sizes in the 295/60R22.5 size were recently verified by SmartWay as low rolling resistance truck tires. These truck tires are a full three inches shorter than the 275/80R22.5 sizes, but each has 1,215 more lbs. of additional carrying capacity in a single fitment for load range G.
For each axle position, Continental offers multiple options for tires that have been verified by the EPA for low rolling resistance when used for Class 8, line-haul trucks. The list of tire products available for sale from Continental currently includes:
- Steer: HSL2, HSL2 Eco Plus
- Drive: HDL Eco Plus, HDL2 Eco Plus, HDL2 DL Eco Plus
- Trailer: HTL Eco Plus, HTL1
Tires verified by the EPA for lower rolling resistance can provide a reduction in NOx emissions and an estimated fuel savings of 3% or greater, relative to the "best selling" new tires for line haul trucks, when used on all five axles on long haul class 8 trucks.
According to the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership Web site, its projected savings of between 3.3 and 6.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year represents a savings of as much as 150 million barrels of oil per year. This is the equivalent of taking 12 million cars off the road, leading SmartWay partners to save nearly $10 billion in operating costs.
Continental also participates in the SmartWay Transport Partnership as a shipper partner, committing to reduce its environmental impacts from ground freight transportation. The majority of Continental tire products are shipped within SmartWay's environmentally sensitive guidelines.
To locate a dealer for the Continental HSL2 Eco Plus or HDL2 Eco Plus tires, visit www.continental-truck.com.