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Posted on August 03, 2020

Michelin Redesigns its Most Fuel-Efficient Trailer Tire

GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 3, 2019 — Michelin North America, Inc. is launching the MICHELIN® X One® Line Energy T2 tire ─ its most fuel-efficient trailer tire1 to date ─ for the North American line-haul market.

“The trailer-wheel position is a challenging position for long-haul tire design. The free-rolling wheel position is subject to variable loads, less maintenance and irregular wear,” said Adam Murphy, vice president, B2B marketing, Michelin North America. “Michelin is committed to investing in our X One technology. This new MICHELIN X One Line Energy T2 product delivers both improved tread wear while providing fuel2 and weight3 savings, lowering the total cost of ownership for fleets, especially during this economically challenged time in the trucking industry.”

The SmartWay®-verified X One Line Energy T2 is targeted for the dry-van truck load, refrigerated truck load and tanker segments. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, fuel ranks first in vehicle-based costs, above repair and maintenance, insurance and other costs4. The X One Energy T2 can increase fuel savings through an 11% lower rolling resistance when used in the trailer position5 and can increase revenue by carrying up to 287 more pounds of payload6.

The X One Line Energy T2 features a tread design that helps prevent irregular wear and incorporates compounds designed to improve resistance to late-life tire 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 minimizes internal casing temperatures for
low rolling resistance. The tread incorporates directional micro-sipes, resulting in a directional tire for the first half of tire life. Located along the center ribs, matrix siping with zigzag walls interlock for squirm resistance.

Providing maximum satisfaction, the X One Line Energy T2 comes with the Michelin X One Total Satisfaction Guarantee. This provides owners and drivers 100% satisfaction and purchase confidence. See michelintruck.com for details.

The MICHELIN X One Line Energy T2 445/50R22.5 tire size is designed for fleets that want to get the most out of their trailer asset.

  1. Based on internal rolling resistance tests using ISO 28580 test method using comparable line-haul trailer tires in tire size 275/80R22.5 LRG for the MICHELIN X Line Energy T and 445/50R22.5 LRL for the MICHELIN X One Line Energy T2 tire.
  2. The U.S. EPA as part of their SmartWay Program has demonstrated incremental fuel savings when low rolling resistance tires are used just on the tractor and/or just on the trailer. Actual results may vary, and may be impacted by many factors, to include road conditions, weather, environment, combination of steer and drive tires used, driving habits, tire size, equipment and maintenance.
  3. Based on replacing (8) MICHELIN® X LINE™ ENERGY T® tires with Alcoa® Ultra ONE® wheels with (4) MICHELIN® X One® LINE™ ENERGY T2 Tires with Alcoa® Ultra ONE® wheels.
  4. ATRI Analysis of Operational Costs of trucking, November 2019, truclkingresearch.org.
  5. Based on external 3rd-party rolling-resistance tests using ISO 28580 test method using comparable line-haul trailer tires in the 445/50R22.5 LRL tire size. The U.S. EPA, as part of their SmartWay Program, has demonstrated incremental fuel savings when low rolling-resistance tires are used just on the tractor and/or just on the trailer. Actual results may vary, and may be impacted by many factors, to include road conditions, weather, environment, combination of steer and drive tires used, driving habits, tire size, equipment and maintenance.
  6. Based on replacing (8) MICHELIN® X LINE™ ENERGY T® tires with Alcoa® Ultra ONE® wheels with (4) MICHELIN® X One® LINE™ ENERGY T2 Tires with Alcoa® Ultra ONE® wheels.

About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. 

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