Michelin Expands X One Line with New Trailer Tire
Michelin North America Inc. says the new Michelin X One Line Energy T2 is its most fuel-efficient trailer tire. The SmartWay-verified tire, which is available in size 445/50R22.5, targets dry van truckload, tanker and refrigerated truckload applications.
It features a tread design that helps prevent irregular wear and “incorporates compounds designed to improve resistance to late-life tire aggression.”
The product’s dual compound tread “consists of a mileage top layer that controls tread stiffness and stress to reduce irregular wear and a fuel-efficient bottom layer that minimizes internal casing temperatures for low rolling resistance. The tread incorporates directional micro-sipes, resulting in a directional tire for the first half of tire life. Located along the center ribs, matrix siping with zigzag walls interlock for squirm resistance.”
“The trailer-wheel position is a challenging position for long-haul tire design,” says Adam Murphy, vice president, B2B marketing, Michelin. “The free-rolling wheel position is subject to variable loads, less maintenance and irregular wear.
“Michelin is committed to investing in our X One technology. This new Michelin X One Line Energy T2 product delivers both improved tread wear while providing fuel and weight savings, lowering the total cost of ownership for fleets, especially during this economically challenged time in the trucking industry.”