New tyre lines for maximum efficiency
21 September 2016
Fuel-saving tyres for long-distance motorway transportation and weight-reduced tyres exclusively for use on tankers in mineral oil transportation are the latest developments Continental will be unveiling at IAA. As a highly dependable technology partner, Continental supports vehicle manufacturers in implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which stipulates that the fuel efficiency of trucks must be increased by 20% by 2020.
Continental will be showcasing the rolling-resistance-optimised Conti EfficientPro and weight-reduced Conti LightPro tyres in hall 17, booth A06/B11.
Conti EfficientPro: EU label “A” rating for maximum fuel efficiency
With the Conti EfficientPro line for the steer and drive axle, Continental now offers fuel-saving tyres that have been specially developed for long-distance motorway transportation. Thanks to their reduced rolling resistance, the tyres can achieve fuel savings of up to 0.64 litres over 62 miles compared with Conti EcoPlus tyres. With an annual mileage of 75,000 miles, the Conti EfficientPro tyres for the steer and drive axle save around 750 litres of fuel a year, thereby cutting annual CO2emissions by more than 2 tonnes.
These tyres have been specially designed to achieve optimum fuel efficiency. Tried-and-tested technologies already used for Conti EcoPlus have been systematically enhanced for the Conti EfficientPro. Both the Conti EfficientPro steering and drive axle tyres earn EU label “A” for maximum fuel efficiency, thanks to the special rubber compounds for all of the components, the multi-layer design of the tyre tread and the optimised rolling behaviour that drastically reduces rolling resistance. Together with the Conti EcoPlus HT3 for the trailer axle, transport companies using Conti EfficientPro tyres can now equip semitrailer tractors on all axles with tyres certified to EU label “A”: the “Triple A” for maximum fuel efficiency.
The Conti EfficientPro is used primarily in the original equipment sector and will be available during the first half of 2017 in the aftermarket sector.
Conti LightPro: 80 kg more useful load for vehicles in tanker transportation
With the Conti LightPro tyre line, Continental offers for the first time weight-reduced tyres specially developed for use on tankers for the transportation of liquids and, in particular, mineral oil. For this highly weight-sensitive transport segment, lighter tyres offer valuable gains in load capacity. Thanks to the lower dead weight of the tyres, the tankers can transport more liquid without exceeding the permissible total weight. Fitted on all axles (steering, drive and trailer axle), Conti LightPro tyres reduce the vehicle's total weight by around 80 kg compared with tyres from the Conti hybrid line. The increased load capacity and improved fuel efficiency increases cost-effectiveness by up to £770 a year, calculated over the tyre’s entire service life.
Conti LightPro tyres are also the product of Continental’s latest technology and offer an optimum balance between weight-savings and mileage in the applications described above. From early 2017 onwards, the Conti LightPro steering and drive axle tyres will be available primarily as original equipment.
With tankers, even further weight savings can be achieved if the Conti LightPro tyres are fitted in combination with Continental’s weight-reduced air springs. The injection-moulded pistons further increase load capacity by about 12 kilograms on each axle. Compared with conventional steel pistons, the use of a special plastic reduces weight by up to 75%. The innovative design offers excellent ride comfort and makes them easy to install in the vehicle, and the lightweight air springs are highly corrosion-resistant and durable, which increases a vehicle’s resale value. The weight-reduced air springs are already being used as original equipment in tankers. Some types from the Continental air spring family are also available as spare parts.
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