Continental Tire recognized by EPA SmartWay program

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Continental Tire’s HSL (premium long-haul steer tire), HDL Eco Plus (premium long-haul drive tire) and HTL (all-position trailer tire) all have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for meeting the SmartWay Tractor-Trailer equipment specifications, the company announced Monday, July 16. Eligibility for this specification is based on a comprehensive set of tire performance requirements, including environmental design and fuel consumption performance.

The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collaboration between EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Specifically, by 2012, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to save between 3.3 and 6.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year, the equivalent to taking about 12 million cars off the road. These savings translate to nearly $10 billion saved for companies delivering freight in the United States.

“As one of only four tire manufacturers being recognized by the EPA for meeting the requirements for the SmartWay Tractor-Trailer equipment specifications, Continental Tire is especially proud of this achievement,” says Clif Armstrong, director of commercial marketing for Charlotte, N.C.-based Continental. “This honor validates our work in developing quality products that continue to meet the needs of today’s fuel-conscious fleets.”