Continental Tire the Americas LLC will showcase its first wide-base drive tire at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., March 22-24.
Continental’s HDL2 Eco Plus (Heavy Drive, Long Haul) in size 445/50R22.5, Load Range L, will be on display in the Continental Commercial Vehicle Tire business unit's pavilion, booth No. 18252.
“Along with Continental’s HTL1 trailer tire, the HDL2 Eco Plus represents the new standards in fuel efficiency and mileage for long haul fleets who want to maximize the benefits of wide single truck tires,” says Clif Armstrong, Continental’s director of marketing for commercial vehicle tires in the Americas.
“Not only are these tires easier to check for inflation, and easier to maintain, but their lowered weight from two less beads, sidewalls and rim assemblies and advanced compounding mean that they offer significant reductions in rolling resistance. This translates directly into both fuel and maintenance savings for cost-conscious fleets and owner-operators.”
The HDL2 Eco Plus wide single features a 27/32-inch tread depth. It has a closed shoulder design and a three-dimensional sipe in the center of each tread block that allows flexibility -- but couples the groove under compression for increased strength.
The tire’s advanced groove geometry separates the forces at each side of the groove bottom and reduces premature wear, says Roger Stansbie, Continental’s director of commercial vehicle tire research and development. Straighter, narrow groove designs and Continental’s Eco Plus advanced compounding reduce the tire's rolling resistance.
The HDL2 Eco Plus is also the first of a series of drive tires from Continental to feature evolving sipe technologies.
“The sipes at the top of the tread disappear through the life of the tread, the shape of the tread block evolves and the void creates a new sipe," says Stansbie. "This ensures that the tread design of the HDL2 Eco Plus maintains its traction characteristics throughout the tire’s lifetime, and prevents the tread blocks from wearing prematurely into rib shapes."
Continental's wide-base truck tires are also an excellent choice for fleets that want to maximize their cargo carrying capacity," says Armstrong.
“Continental’s 445/50R22.5 tires replace a twin set of 275/80R22.5 duals with significant savings in weight -- 668 pounds less when combined with aluminum wheels on a five-axle combination. This means our customers can boost their payloads to carry additional cargo and make every truckload count.”
For more technical information, visit www.continental-truck.com.