Green tyres can save HGV fleets 10% in fuel costs, study finds
By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 15:00
SAVINGS: Green tyres can have great benefit
HGV fleets can make fuel savings of almost 10% by equipping ‘green tyres’, new research has revealed.
Truck tyre road tests, by LANXESS and TALKE, found fuel consumption of lorries reduced by 8.5% when kitted out in quality ‘green’ tyres with optimised rolling resistance.
They also witnessed significantly reduced CO2 emissions in commercial vehicles compared to standard tyres.
The results mean a fleet of 300 trucks covering 93,000miles per vehicle per year could save £1.3million in fuel costs by using ‘green tyres’.
Christoph Kalla, of LANXESS, said: “As a fitting tribute to the first year of compulsory tyre labeling within the EU, we have proved in this test that quality tyres with optimised rolling resistance provide large potential savings for commercial vehicles.
“Not only are ‘green tyres’ exceptionally effective at lowering operating costs, they also make a key contribution to protecting the environment.”
Ray Engley, Head of Technical Services at the Road Haulage Association (RHA), added: “The Road Haulage Association acknowledges the results of the LANXESS’ report and the potential cost savings of ‘green tyres’.
“The RHA continually promotes products and services that promote safety and cost effective returns, particularly when these can demonstrate a cost saving and benefit our members’ operation; in particular, their carbon footprint.”