FORT MILL, S.C. – January 22, 2019. Technology giant Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, took first place in two fuel efficiency tests conducted by the PIT Group of FPInnovations. Three tire brands were tested for fuel efficiency in line haul applications and in regional applications: Continental, Michelin, and Double Coin. For both applications, Continental tires showed the best fuel efficiency, delivering up to 6% fuel savings over the other brands.
“Continental is proud to demonstrate the best fuel efficiency in both long haul and regional applications in this test,” said Paul Williams, Continental’s executive vice president of commercial vehicle tires for the Americas. “More than 3 million of our truck tires are manufactured here in the U.S. every year, helping us deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost to fleets across North America. Fuel efficiency is just one component – we also provide advanced engineering in new tires and retreads, innovative digital tire monitoring solutions, a nationwide service network, and 24-hour roadside support to help our fleet customers bring down the total cost of ownership. With more than 140 years of history, Continental is a partner you can count on. These test results prove our commitment to delivering the best products,” said Williams.
In the line haul application test, the following 11R22.5 tires from Continental were tested: Conti EcoPlus HS3 steer, HDL2 drive, and Conti EcoPlus HT3 trailer tires. The Continental tires delivered a fuel economy of 7.35 mpg, which is a 2.1% fuel savings over Michelin X-Line Energy. The test results were as follows:
In the regional application test, the following 11R22.5 tires from Continental were tested: Conti Hybrid HS3 (Conti HSL 3) steer, HDR2 EP drive, and Conti Hybrid HT3 trailer tires. The Continental tires delivered a fuel economy of 7.26 mpg, which is a 6.3% fuel savings over Michelin. The test results were as follows:
“Continental offers one of the most fuel-efficient regional product lines available on the market,” explained Helmut Keller, Continental’s head of brand and product management for commercial vehicle tires in the Americas region. “The Hybrid line is ideal for super-regional applications. This year, the steer tire will be renamed from Conti Hybrid HS3 to Conti HSL 3, but the tire characteristics will remain unchanged. This line features advanced tread compounding that delivers long removal mileage and low rolling resistance in regional applications.”
One of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management.
Tips for Improving Fuel Economy
In addition to choosing fuel-efficient tires, fleets can improve fuel economy by maintaining correct tire pressure. Underinflation of just 10 psi reduces fuel economy by one percent, and improper tire inflation increases total tire-related costs by approximately $600 to $800 annually per tractor-trailer combination, according to the Technology & Maintenance Council. Continental offers a full portfolio of digital tire monitoring systems to meet different fleet needs. Solutions include ContiPressureCheck® single vehicle monitoring system, ContiConnect® Yard fleet monitoring system with web portal, and ContiPressureCheck® Solo GHG2-compliant TPMS for trailers. Components of all systems can be combined to take advantage of different functionalities.
ContiPressureCheck® monitors a single vehicle in real-time, alerting the driver to tire pressure and temperature issues via an in-cab display. It is ideal for fleets whose trucks or buses are away from the terminal for long periods of time, and for owner-operators.
ContiPressureCheck® can also be integrated with any of our telematics partners for remote data viewing, such as Zonar, PeopleNet, and Geotab.
ContiConnect® monitors the entire fleet when vehicles are in the terminal, alerting back office personnel to tire issues via a mobile-friendly web portal, plus text and email notifications for severe alerts. It is ideal for fleets whose trucks or buses return to the terminal daily.
ContiPressureCheck® Solo is designed to meet greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards from multiple regulatory bodies, which are currently pending implementation: GHG Phase 2 for Trailers set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), and CA Phase 2 GHG Trailer Rules set forth by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) which go into effect in 2020. Both sets of regulations currently contain provisions for certain trailers to install either a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) or an automatic tire inflation system (ATIS) and to use low-rolling-resistance tires.
“If the legislation stays as currently written, fleets will be able to meet all GHG 2 regulations with just two simple items from Continental: the ContiPressureCheck Solo trailer TPMS and our extremely low rolling resistance tires, such as the Conti EcoPlus line,” explains Michelle Reinhart, head of Continental’s digital solutions for commercial vehicle tires in Americas region. “Just two products and your trailer can be GHG 2 compliant. You won’t need an aerodynamic kit or any additional products.”
About the PIT Group Test
The fuel efficiency test procedure was based on TMC Fuel Consumption Test Procedure – Type III, RP 1103A. Each tire brand was tested on three identical vehicles, by switching tires from one test vehicle to another between tests, to clearly identify their impact on the fuel consumption. The vehicles used were 2016 International Prostar tractors powered by Cummins ISX15 engines, pulling 2018 Vanguard 53-foot two-axle cube van semi-trailers, at a cruising speed of 64.6 mph (104 km/h).
The testing was completed during the 21st Energotest campaign, which was held September 5–14, 2018, at the Transport Canada Motor Vehicle Test Centre in Quebec, Canada. Energotest evaluates solutions for achieving higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions of greenhouse gases in the trucking industry, providing fleets with indisputable data to choose the most efficient solutions.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2017, Continental generated sales of €44 billion and currently employs more than 243,000 people in 60 countries.
The Tire Division has 24 production and development locations worldwide. As one of the leading tire manufacturers with around 54,000 employees, the division posted sales of €11.3 billion in 2017. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in R&D, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The Tire division’s portfolio includes services for the tire trade and for fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for commercial vehicle tires.