Michelin North America (NA) has just introduced its new trailer tyre – Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tyre – for the NA line-haul market. The SmartWay-verified X One Line Energy T2 tyre is targeted for the dry van truckload, refrigerated truckload and tanker segments, and is “the most fuel-efficient” trailer tyre to date, according to Michelin.
Among its many features, the X One Line Energy T2 has a tread design that helps prevent irregular wear and incorporates compounds designed to improve resistance to late-life tyre aggression. The dual-compound tread consists of a mileage top layer that controls tread stiffness and stress to reduce irregular wear and a fuel-efficient bottom layer that minimises internal casing temperatures for low rolling resistance.
Additionally, the tread incorporates directional micro-sipes, resulting in a directional tyre for the first half of tyre life, while matrix siping with zigzag walls located along the center ribs interlock for squirm resistance.
Together, the features of the X One Line Energy T2 ensure increased fuel savings through an 11% lower rolling resistance when used in the trailer position, based on third party rolling resistance tests, and can increase revenue by carrying up to 287 more pounds of payload, Michelin stated.
Adam Murphy, VP of B2B marketing for Michelin NA, said the company is committed to investing in the X One technology: “This new Michelin X One Line Energy T2 product delivers both improved tread wear while providing fuel and weight savings, lowering the total cost of ownership for fleets, especially during this economically challenged time in the trucking industry.”