Michelin Americas Truck Tires chose the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta to launch the Michelin XDA Energy+.
The dual drive-position tire is designed for line-haul applications. It features Michelin's FuelSaver compound formula for ultra-low rolling resistance, and is compliant with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program and the California Air Resources Board's requirements.
Michelin is backing the tire with a limited guarantee of $400 per truck in fuel savings. Fleets can contact their local Michelin representatives to schedule a fuel evaluation of the XDA Energy+ versus a competitive product. It is available in size 275/80R22.5 load range G.
"Helping fleets to increase their competitiveness in the market is our goal,” says Adam Murphy, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America Inc. "One of the main levers fleets have to improve their competitiveness is improving their fuel efficiency, and tires like the new Michelin XDA Energy+ can play a key role."
Murphy says rolling resistance accounts for approximately 35% of the total fuel cost of a Class 8 truck.
The XDA Energy+ also was designed with:
* wide circumferential grooves for efficient water evacuation;
* grooved, angled walls to help resist stone retention;
* TW6 OzoneShield technology, which helps protect the sidewalls against weathering.
The Michelin XDA Energy+ comes with the 7/7/3 manufacturer’s limited casing guarantee. This includes coverage against defects in workmanship and materials for 700,000 miles, seven years or three retreads from the date of manufacture when retreaded by an authorized Michelin Retread Technologies dealer. Details of the guarantee can be found on Michelin's Web site at MichelinTruck.com. The tire is available in the United States and Canada in size 275/80R22.5 load range G.
Also at the NACV, Michelin added a 275/80R22.5 low-profile size to its Michelin X Multi D line of regional fleet vehicles to lower overall truck height, improve clearance issues and also help improve aerodynamics for fuel efficiency.