New product releases

Michelin rolls out new trailer tire, retread

Michelin Truck Tires introduced a new trailer tire and a new retread tire at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. last week.

The tires combine fuel efficiency with durability and long-tire life, said Jaye Young, Michelin’s marketing manager.

Since trailer tires are responsible for using about 42 percent of fuel use caused by tires, Young says, trying to make a fuel-efficient trailer tire that still had the tire life of other trailer tires was the next logical step in fuel-efficient tire manufacturing.

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Michelin says its X Line Energy T offers a 10 percent improvement in rolling resistance over comparable tires, and uses advanced compounding technology to meld that with long tread and casing life.

The tire will be available in May in sizes 11R22.5, 275/80R225, 11R24.5, 275/80R24.5 and is Smartway verified by the U.S. EPA.

The X Line Energy D retread tire’s dual compound tread is the key point to helping combine fuel efficiency and retread life, Michelin says. The top layer offers the good wear properties while cool running tread rubber helps battle heat and loss of rigidity.

The tire is Smartway verified and comes with a 25 percent longer tread life guarantee.

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