Continental EcoPlus HT3 - Cost Saving Ultra-Modern Trailer Tire
- Premium long distance trailer tire achieves fuel efficiency label A
- Redeveloped tread design and compounds for greater fuel efficiency and long service life
- Maximum profitability due to retreadability and regroovability
Hanover, January 9, 2014. As the first representative of a completely new truck tire generation for the goods sector, the Continental EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire is set to take its place on the international commercial vehicle stage. The new premium tire for trailers and semitrailers has been developed for maximum cost-efficiency with greater fuel efficiency and long service life. With its tread compound optimized for rolling resistance and the unique Continental casing concept, the Continental EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire also boasts excellent wet grip and driving safety.
The Conti EcoPlus HT3 is the vanguard of a completely new truck tire family which Continental will launch in 2014. The first to market in the Generation 3 tire range for goods transport from the German premium manufacturer has been developed with a clear focus on maximum efficiency on the trailer axle. Significant savings in fuel consumption is one of the most important factors for successfully navigating today’s competitive market. With trailer tires contributing around 60 percent of the overall rolling resistance, the optimal tire on the trailer plays a crucial role and contributes to the efficiency of the whole vehicle.
For the Conti EcoPlus HT3, Continental developed a new, especially fuel-efficient tread design, which provides a low void contact area with four longitudinal grooves and the Fuel Saving Edge. The rolling resistance of the trailer tires was reduced, for the size 385/55 R 22.5, by over 25 percent compared to its predecessor. This earns the Conti EcoPlus HT3 the highest EU label rating A for fuel efficiency.
The specially designed tread pattern for use on haulage vehicles is one of the key factors for success on the road. The pyramid-shaped triangular bars in the base of the tread grooves stabilize the new Conti EcoPlus HT3 against flexing in the tread. Closed ribs providing a wide contact area and a circumferential, continuous shoulder guarantee optimal straight line stability and prevent distortion especially for demanding maneuvering tasks typical for trailers.
The tread compound is optimized for rolling resistance in a two-layer construction which provides first-class performance. The cap compound of the tread ensures optimal contact with the road surface for long service life, while the special compound of the tread base on the four-layer triangular belt casing reduces the heat generation in the crown for maximum reduction in rolling resistance. With a rolling noise of just 69 dB(A), the Conti EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire is also one of the quietest tires in the truck sector. Like all tires in the Continental Generation 3 truck tire range, the Conti EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire has a retreadable and regroovable premium casing with steel cord chafer enhanced beads and the patented AirKeep® inner liner to prevent gradual loss of inflation pressure. The combination of all these factors ultimately gives the Conti EcoPlus HT3 the greatest potential for saving costs.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm.
This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow.
Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.