Michelin X One tires designated ‘value-added’ on used trucks

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Michelin says its X One wide single truck tires have offered the trucking industry 4- to 10-percent fuel savings and weight savings of 175 to 200 pounds per axle for more than 10 years. Now these tires also add $1,250 to the value of a used truck as an Idle and Fuel Reduction Technology, according to the latest assessment by Truck Blue Book.

“X One tires continue to prove their value to drivers and fleets on tens of thousands of trucks and trailers across America,” says Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “The designation by Truck Blue Book, supported by the Used Truck Association, is a clear indication of the growing share these wide single tires are taking in the market and the residual value boost they give to the used trucks in the industry.”

The line of X One wide single truck tires – which includes tires for a variety of applications – reached a milestone in 2010, hitting the one-million-tire mark since being launched in 2000.

“We strongly considered the factual fuel and weight savings that X One tires provide for a tractor,” says Terry Williams, managing editor for Truck Blue Book. “After that, the decision to make them a value-added component was easy. Truck Blue Book recognizes value where it exists, and X One tires are valuable on used trucks.”

A 383-page report made available by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2009 found significant improvement in fuel efficiency when wide single tires were used instead of dual tires – 6 percent overall and 10 percent with fully loaded tractor-trailers. More than 700,000 real-world miles were driven by six instrumented tractors and 10 trailers over the course of the four-year test.