Michelin's New Tire Improves Mileage By 8%

June 16, 2009

The drive for greater mileage often focuses on making engines and gearboxes more efficient, but we often overlook one of the most important areas where savings can be made - the tires. Most of us know that tires that are low on pressure will reduce mileage, and while this is one of the simpler things to monitor there are even better ways to improve mileage through your tires according to Michelin.

The tire giant has just revealed a new product called the Energy Saver A/S Tire, which it claims will give your vehicle up to 8% better mileage figures than other tires in the Energy Saver A/S Tire's class. The new tire from Michelin uses low-rolling-resistance technology without compromising too much on grip and performance. However, the durability of the tire will not be as good as other tires, with Michelin recommending it for those who drive 10,000 miles a year or less.

While the claim of an 8% fuel saving is a maximum figure, the new low-rolling resistance tires should offer at least a few percentage points of better fuel mileage, with the only downside appearing to be slightly less performance and durability. Whether this turns out to be cost effective in the long term depends on the pricing of the tire.

On top of reducing fuel consumption, the new Energy Saver A/S Tire also claims to cut vehicle emissions by over 2,000 pounds over the entire shelf life of the tires.

[Kicking Tires]

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