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Reduce your fuel consumption by using energy-saving tyres

Published on 1 October 2023 - 3 watching minute(s)

Economic and environmental stakes are putting more pressure on fleets to get their tyre strategy spot on. With inflation still running high, reducing energy consumption becomes a priority. Michelin has created two ranges of energy-saving tyres for long-haul and regional use to help fleets master their energy costs. François Le Hen, Director of Product Marketing, tells us more about it.

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François Le Hen, Director of Product Marketing

Could you start giving us information about the economic and environmental context putting the fleet's energy consumption at stake?

First, Covid-19 has caused inflation and disrupted the global economy. Secondly, the political context of 2022-2023 has worsened the existing challenges, making energy (fuel, gas and electricity) prices unpredictable. Then, there's a shortage of drivers due to changing HGV drivers' expectations about their working conditions and other local factors. Finally, the drive to improve the sustainability of the road transport industry means many businesses must adapt their vehicle fleets to reduce environmental impact.

How exactly does this impact HGV fleets?

In such a volatile business environment, fleets face lower profit margins, and they must be vigilant in managing their costs to remain in control and make informed decisions. When updating their truck fleets, companies must take account of the latest standards which means buying more fuel-efficient vehicles. They must closely monitor all fleet management data, such as loading and vehicle telematics information, to determine the precise fuel consumption per driver and vehicle. This information can then be used to drive the awarding of potential fuel consumption bonuses or provide eco-driver training to their drivers, as required.

Additionally, fleets must prioritise predictive maintenance to prevent costly breakdowns, optimise tyre expenditure, and regroove & retread tyres to keep on top of running costs.

How do low rolling resistance tyres help fleets reduce their energy consumption?

It’s important to understand from the outset that today Michelin can offer two different types of low-rolling-resistance tyres for trucks, making the product accessible to more fleets, in more applications, than ever before

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Both of these low-rolling-resistance tyre ranges reduce the energy consumption of trucks. The MICHELIN X® LINE™ ENERGY™ 2 and the MICHELIN X® MULTI™ ENERGY™ have the same grip potential as standard ranges when it comes to traction and braking. At Michelin, we don't compromise on safety and quality.

“We have chosen the MICHELIN X® MULTI™ ENERGY™ tyres for their fuel efficiency, long-lasting performance, and reliable grip. We regularly regroove, swap, and retread them with the REMIX technology and monitor their pressure regularly. We obtain a mileage performance of 450,000 km on the rear axle.”

INTRA S.A., Poland

Both of these low-rolling-resistance tyre ranges reduce the energy consumption of trucks. The MICHELIN X® LINE™ ENERGY™ 2 and the MICHELIN X® MULTI™ ENERGY™ have the same grip potential as standard ranges when it comes to traction and braking. At Michelin, we don't compromise on safety and quality.

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Tyres account for around 30% of a diesel- or gas-powered vehicle's fuel consumption.(1)

Fuel-efficient tyres on internal combustion engine vehicles:
With a one labelling class improvement in rolling resistance, you can save 1L/100km if you change the tractor unit’s tyres and up to 2L/100km if you change both the tractor unit and trailer’s tyres.(2)

Energy-saving tyres on electric vehicles:
These tyres can offer you an improvement in range of between 5 and 10%. So if you’re starting with an electric truck offering a range of 500 km, that means you could benefit from up to a 35 km increase in range, which can be significant when returning to base after a shift.(3)

How do energy-saving tyres help fleets reduce their environmental footprint?

Both the MICHELIN X® LINE™ ENERGY™ 2 and the MICHELIN X® MULTI™ ENERGY™ ranges reduce rolling resistance and fuel consumption, meaning less CO2 emissions when fitted to a diesel- or gas-powered vehicle.

If you use a tyre fitment that is 1 kg/t better in rolling resistance on both the tractor unit and trailer, you can reduce CO2 emissions by 40g/100km.(4)

The European Commission has set ambitious targets for OEMs to decrease their CO2 emissions by 45% in 2030, 65% in 2035, and 90% in 2040. Penalties will be applied if they fail to meet these environmental targets.(5)

CO2 isn't the only emission we want to reduce when you use energy-saving tyres. With the MICHELIN X® LINE™ ENERGY™ 2 and MICHELIN X® MULTI™ ENERGY™ ranges, as with other Michelin products, our ambition is to reduce emissions of wear particles. Just like our passenger car tyres, these reduce such emissions by up to 20% per kilometre(6) compared with their competitors.

Wear particles are a growing environmental concern, and regulations are expected from the European Commission.

The MICHELIN X® LINE™ ENERGY™ 2 range of fuel-saving tyres is designed for low rolling resistance to help save you money on fuel consumption. These tyres also have a regular wear pattern, allowing them to be used until the last millimetre.

Mar-Pol, Poland

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Can we regroove and retread energy-saving tyres to reduce energy costs and emissions?

Not only can you, but you should! We recommend regrooving and retreading your energy-saving tyres to get the optimum Total Cost of Ownership.

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It means that when purchasing low rolling resistance tyres, you are investing in a more sustainable fitment policy, with a tread pattern that can be regrooved and a casing that can be retreaded. Your investment can also lead to improved fuel economy, better electric vehicle range, and lower maintenance costs. Measure the impact of regrooving on your fleet's efficiency using our calculator.

Regrooving your energy-saving tyres once can extend their lifespan by 25%, in their most fuel efficient state.(7)

  1. (1) Ducker worldwide report_ VEHICLE MAINTENANCE COSTS & PAINS_ Michelin Community – December 2017
  2. (2) Michelin internal calculation, based on VECTO method, comparing two convoys (4x2 tractor unit and 3 axles semi-trailer, 40 tons, 50% regional use and 50% long haul use) with one Rolling resistance labelling class difference (1kg/t gap)
    (3) Michelin internal calculation, based on current estimation of Battery Electric Truck performance.
    (4)Michelin internal 2016 calculation: fuel savings up to 2.5 litres/100 km for new tyres and 1.25 litres/100 km on average for the 1st life of tyres with a tractor/tractor-trailer ensemble with a cargo load of 40 tons equipped with MICHELIN X® LINE ENERGY Z 295 / 60 R22.5
    (5) European Green Deal: Commission proposes 2030 zero-emissions target for new city buses and 90% emissions reductions for new trucks by 2040 - https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_23_762 - 14/02/2023
    (6) Tyre wear particles in the environment, ADAC, Dec 2021 - 100 sizes tested
    (7) Brochure technique 2023 - France


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