Continental Tire the Americas, LLC has announced that its entire family of regional steer tires has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership's list of verified fuel-saving technologies.
Continental's HSR2 (Heavy Steer Regional), HSR1 and HSR truck tires were recently verified by SmartWay as low rolling resistance truck tires. Continental said the HSR2 is the latest generation of regional steer and all-position truck tires. It features a 23/32" deep improved cut and chip resistant tread compound for optimal performance; patented groove geometry for better resistance to cracking and tearing; a protective curb rib for high scrub applications; and the VAI + system of visual alignment and tread depth indicators.
The company said its HSR1, also in the regional tire family, features reduced noise and excellent wet traction through an optimized tread pattern. The HSR is a previous generation tire which is still in use by many regional fleets today, and its tough casing lasts multiple lifetimes as a retreaded tire across North America, noted Continental.
Continental added that it offers a wide selection of truck tires that have been verified by EPA for low rolling resistance when used for Class 8, line-haul trucks. SmartWay-verified tire products currently available from Continental includes:
- Steer: HSL2, HSL2 Eco Plus, HSR2, HSR2 Eco Plus, HSR1, HSR
- Drive: HDL Eco Plus, HDL2 Eco Plus, HDL2 DL Eco Plus
- Trailer: HTL Eco Plus, HTL1
Tires verified by EPA for lower rolling resistance can provide a reduction in NOx emissions and an estimated fuel savings of 3% or greater, relative to the "best selling" new tires for line haul trucks, when used on all five axles on long haul class 8 trucks, noted Continental.
Continental also pointed out it participates in the SmartWay Transport Partnership as a shipper partner, committing to reduce its environmental impacts from ground freight transportation. The majority of Continental tire products are shipped within SmartWay's environmentally sensitive guidelines.