General Tire has announced that four of its truck have been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership’s list of verified fuel savings technologies.
General S581, S371, D660 and ST250 truck tires were verified by SmartWay as low rolling resistance tires. The General S581 long-haul steer tire features an 18/32" 5 rib tread design for wet traction and lateral stability. The General S371 long-haul steer and drive tire has 20/32” tread depth. Its tread compound provides long highway miles while resisting cuts and tears in off-highway use. The D660 is a long-haul drive tire with 30/32” tread depth and a closed shoulder tread design for long, even wear. The ST250, a long-haul trailer tire, features 13/32” tread depth, a stone ejection system and patented VAI visual alignment indicators to alert drivers of tracking problems.
Tires verified by the 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, according to the tire maker.
General truck tires are manufactured at the Continental Tire the Americas, LLC plant in Mt. Vernon, IL. Continental also participates in the SmartWay Transport Partnership as a shipper partner, committing to reduce its environmental impacts from ground freight transportation. The majority of Continental and General Tire products are shipped within SmartWay’s environmentally sensitive guidelines.