Four more Yokohama tires earn EPA SmartWay verification

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Four more Yokohama Tire Corp. commercial truck tires have been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay list of verified technologies for tires. This brings the number to seven of Yokohama products that are recognized as SmartWay low rolling-resistance tires.

SmartWay Transport, a collaboration between EPA and the freight sector, is designed to improve energy efficiency and energy scrutiny, and reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.

The Yokohama commercial tires receiving SmartWay status are the 101ZL and 103ZR steer tires, RY587 trailer tires and the TY517MC2 drive tires. Yokohama says these tires meet the SmartWay program’s stringent verified low rolling-resistance criteria because they run cooler and help reduce fuel consumption, which cuts costs and benefits the environment.

“This recognition from the EPA SmartWay program is proof that our technologically-advanced tires help save fuel and protect the environment,” says Takao Oishi, Yokohama president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to be recognized by the EPA for our environmental initiatives, and we look forward to being part of the SmartWay program for years to come.”

This is the second SmartWay recognition Yokohama Commercial tires have earned in just over a year: In January 2009, Yokohama’s RY617 steer tire, 703ZL drive tire and RY587MC2 trailer tire became the first three tires for the company to be named verified low rolling-resistance tires, approved for use on SmartWay-certified trucks.

Additionally in 2009, Yokohama was named a Partner in the program, with status in the “shippers” category, meaning the company ships more than 50 percent of its products on SmartWay-designated transport carriers.