Michelin's release of the new Michelin X Line Energy D makes available a more fuel efficient and longer tread life tire for long haul applications. Verified by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SmartWay-verified fuel economy tire that also delivers exceptional tread life and outstanding traction, providing significant fleet value.
"The Michelin X Line Energy D tire breaks the paradigm of a traditional fuel efficient drive tire in line haul by featuring an aggressive tread pattern that delivers excellent fuel efficiency together with leading tread life," said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. "The Michelin X Line Energy D gives fleets that want Smartway-verified fuel economy the added benefit of more wear and traction".
The Michelin X Line Energy D tire delivers SmartWay-verified fuel economy with wear resistance by utilizing Michelin's Dual Energy Compound Tread. The top layer of tread rubber is precisely balanced to deliver fuel efficiency while exhibiting the needed wear properties to resist tread scrub. The bottom layer of tread rubber maintains cool casing temperatures for low rolling resistance and extended casing life. The tire features a 3-retread limited casing warranty. This warranty demonstrates Michelin's confidence in the advantages of the Dual Energy Compound Tread and the enhanced casing for maximum retreadability.
The Michelin X Line Energy D tire employs Michelin's proprietary Matrix Siping Technology, the first time it is offered in a line haul energy drive tire. Matrix Siping Technology offers the interlocking tread action for excellent traction and even wear. The zigzag, grooved walls of the siping provide biting edges for traction and excellent water and snow evacuation. The full-depth sipes deliver traction throughout the life of the tire's tread. Sipes and grooves bring wear performance and traction to a tread sculpture that fleet operators find attractive. The wider footprint reduces the need for additional tread depth, allowing for significant mileage improvements with 23/32nds of tread depth.
The Michelin X Line Energy D tire is currently available in two sizes 11R22.5, 275/80R22.5, and will be available in sizes 11R24.5 and 275/80R24.5 during the first quarter of 2013.