Michelin X Line Energy Range Expands With Six New Tyre Sizes
By Maddy Price
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 14:41
Michelin has expanded its fuel-saving X Line Energy tyre range with the launch of six new fitments, enabling more truck fleets to benefit from its most fuel-efficient truck tyre generation.
The new additions are designed primarily for mega-volume trailers, car transporters and low height tractor units, and offer improved mileage, increased fuel efficiency and a lower rolling resistance compared to the previous generation of Michelin fuel-saving tyres in these sizes.
The launch sees Michelin X Line Energy multi-position tyres now available in 315/60 R 22.5, 295/60 R 22.5, and an all-new 355/50 R 22.5 size. Drive variants are offered in 315/60 R 22.5 and 295/60 R 22.5, while the trailer range has been expanded with 445/45 R 19.5 fitments.
All new sizes offer improved mileage potential over their predecessors, with the 315/60 R 22.5 and 295/60 R 22.5 all-position tyres projected by Michelin to offer 30 per cent and 17 per cent improved mileage potential, respectively.
Michelin says the new fitments will offer a fuel saving of 1.25 litres per 100km during the tyres’ first life – and up to 2.5 litres of fuel saved per 100km when the tyres are new. This adds up to more than £3,500 of fuel saved during the tyres’ first life in service – before being regrooved.
Guy Heywood, Commercial Director UK and Republic of Ireland at Michelin, says: “With fuel prices rising steadily, fleets are placing renewed focus on ensuring their vehicles are operating as efficiently as possible. The expansion of our X Line Energy range opens up a wealth of fuel-saving potential to more operators – with a tyre combining an ultra-low rolling resistance with the safety, durability and longevity that is the hallmark of Michelin.”
The new tyres’ efficiency is highlighted by their fuel efficiency rating under EU tyre labelling legislation. The new 315/60 R 22.5 all-position and 295/60 R 22.5 all-position tyres improve from a ‘C’ to a ‘B’ rating versus their predecessor, whilst the 315/60 R 22.5 drive and 295/60 R 22.5 drive tyres have improved from ‘D’ to ‘B’. The 445/45 R 19.5 trailer tyre has jumped from ‘C’ to ‘A’, whilst the all-new 355/50 R 22.5 all-position tyre has a ‘B’ rating.
All new additions to the range enjoy the benefits of Michelin’s technological leaps in three key areas: casing strength, rubber compound and tread pattern.
For the casing, the new X Line Energy multi-position tyres feature InfiniCoil – a steel cord, several hundred metres long, wrapped continuously around the crown – which, together with the Michelin Energy Flex casing, delivers exceptional robustness, improved rolling resistance, greater longevity and more even wear.
Michelin’s unique Carbion rubber compound results in a consistent, homogenous blend of rubber, providing a greater resistance to abrasion, improved mileage potential and a reduced rolling resistance – without affecting on-road performance.
Michelin engineers have also designed a self-regenerating tread pattern that offers high grip and water evacuation even as the tread wears down, and features full-depth sipes, maximising grip.
The new tyres are available on both the original equipment and replacement markets.