Hankook adds to SmartWay truck tire list

Oct. 19, 2011

Hankook Tire America Corp.'s new AH24 Premium Regional Steer/All-Position commercial tire is SmartWay verified. It is the third Hankook steer tire to be certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Technology Program.

To receive Smartway certification, truck tires must meet standards for low rolling resistance. (For more information on the program, click here.)

"This verification brings our total number of SmartWay verified commercial tires to six, giving commercial fleet customers a wide selection of low rolling resistance, energy efficient tires in multiple use applications to equip their fleets with,” says Brian Sheehey, director of commercial tires.

The AH24 was designed with Hankook’s e3 (pronounced e-Cubed) technology, which focuses on three main areas: energy, economy and environment. The technology is a part of Hankook’s Kontrol Technology philosophy, which allows for the design and production of tires that provide a range of benefits across four areas that consumers identified as key when choosing quality tires: performance, safety, comfort and a tire’s impact on the environment.

Hankook's global research and design center in Korea and Hankook Tire America's Akron, Ohio, technical center designed the premium regional haul, all-position tire  for high-scrub applications in North America. It was engineered with endurance, durability and high mileage characteristics.

The tread pattern features solid wide ribs and an improved kerf design (compared to previous Hankook tires) that help displace water. In addition, an enhanced sidewall design is intended to prevent cuts and abrasions and extend casing durability and tire life cycle performance.

Hankook currently offers 17 truck and bus tire models. For more information, visit www.hankooktireusa.com.