A deep lug drive tire from Continental Tire the Americas has been verified for low rolling resistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to company officials. A low rolling-resistance version of Continental’s deep lug drive tire, the HDL2 DL Eco Plus, will be released for sales in June and already has been added to the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership’s list of verified low rolling-resistance truck tires, says Clif Armstrong, director of commercial vehicle tire marketing for Continental – the Americas.
The HDL2 DL Eco Plus (Heavy Drive Long Haul Deep Lug) has a full-inch (32/32nds) tread depth and is designed to provide long original mileage. The tire also sports a closed shoulder tread design that provides added traction in both wet and dry road conditions and resists irregular wear. Its lug angle provides added traction throughout the life of the original tire, and a wider casing increases handling stability.
“The HDL2 DL Eco Plus meets the current standard for the drive axle, and all Continental truck tires currently verified by SmartWay are capable of qualifying on the individual basis,” says Roger Stansbie, director of radial truck tire technology development for Continental – the Americas.
In addition to the HDL2 DL Eco Plus, Continental’s HSL2 (steer), HDL Eco Plus (drive), HTL Eco Plus (trailer) and HTL1 (trailer) are included on the SmartWay list of verified tires.