Michelin X Line Energy tyres best for fuel efficiency, official tests reveal

Michelin X Line Energy tyres have been hailed the best for long distance fuel efficiency after tests revealed a truck and trailer running on the fuel-saving tyres will save an average 1.4 litres per 100km.

That equates to an annual saving of up to £1,670 and a reduction of 5 tonnes of CO2 emissions based on a vehicle covering 130,000 km per year – compared to the average of its five main competitors in the long-haul market, achieved by the superior rolling resistance of the tyres.

Michelin X Line Energy tyres went up against those manufactured by direct competitors on a 200km journey at an average speed of 80km/h on real roads, organised by the DEKRA Test Centre*.

Michelin’s latest generation fuel saving tyres came out on top, and also stood out for their strong casing, excellent reliability, efficient braking on dry and wet surfaces and smooth, high-precision handling.

Chris Smith, Michelin’s Marketing Director North Europe – Truck & Bus, says: “These results prove that Michelin X Line Energy tyres are the obvious choice for fleet operators where the bulk of the work is on trunk roads at sustained high average speeds.

“If a typical UK haulier fitting this profile changed its policy from a regional fitment to Michelin X Line Energy tyres, they could easily save up to three per cent in fuel, which in some cases could even wipe out their entire tyre bill.”

The performance of Michelin’s X Line Energy tyres is linked directly back to its investment of more than €700m each year in research and development. This constant focus on product development allows fleets to increase their profitability with a product offering a low total cost of ownership.

Michelin X Line Energy tyres enable a 30 per cent increase in mileage performance for the steer axle on 315/60 R 22.5 and 17 per cent for the 295/60 R 22.5 Michelin X Line Energy Z, compared to the previous Michelin XZA2 Energy range.

* Tests were conducted on an articulated 4×2 tractor unit and tri-axle trailer running at 40 tonnes in ‘mega volume’ configuration with the following tyres:
315/60 R 22.5 MICHELIN X® LINEENERGYZ on the Steer axle
295/60 R 22.5 MICHELIN X® LINE™ ENERGY™ Z on the Drive axle
445/45 R 19.5 MICHELIN X® LINEENERGYT on the Trailer axles

To view a video of the test, please visit the Michelin Trucks & Buses Tyres Europe YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwvmWYWwYLw

For further information on the Michelin commercial vehicle tyre range visit http://trucks.michelin.co.uk/

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Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tyres, 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 the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 111,700 employees and operates 68 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced 187 million tyres in 2016. (www.michelin.com)


For further press information please contact:
David Johnson, Michelin Press Office
Tel: + 44 (0) 1782 402341      Email:
d.johnson@michelin.com

James Keeler or Rebecca Gleave, Garnett Keeler PR, Inver House, 37-39 Pound Street,
Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3PG
Tel: +44 (0)20 8647 4467   E-mail: james.keeler@garnettkeeler.com / Rebecca.gleave@garnettkeeler.com

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Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tyres, 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 the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 171 countries, has more than 114,000 employees and operates 70 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced around 190 million tyres in 2017. (www.michelin.com)


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