Bridgestone launches steer tire for commercial trucks
Tire giant Bridgestone has launched a new steer tire for commercial trucks, promising improved wear life and greater fuel efficiency.
The R283A Ecopia steer tire features several performance enhancements over its predecessor, the R283 Ecopia, designed to deliver 21 percent longer wear life and a three percent better rolling resistance.
Bridgestone’s most fuel-efficient truck tire
Bridgestone say it’s their most fuel-efficient truck tire for commercial trucking fleets and will impact the bottom line through wear performance and fuel savings.
“Sophisticated fleets today measure tire performance based on the total life cycle; the R283A Ecopia tire is an innovative solution that will help them maximize every mile,” said Matt Loos, director of truck and bus marketing at Bridgestone Commercial.
According to Bridgestone, the tire achieves this through a four rib design that enhances tread stiffness for improved fuel economy, optimized tread depth and width, Defensive Side Groove that minimizes shoulder edge wear for a long original life, Equalizer Rib that absorbs irregular wear, and stress-relief sipes. It also includes other casing features such as a proprietary shoulder design that optimizes the footprint for long, even wear and Fuel Saver Sidewall to reduce heat generation and energy loss.
Other innovations to the Ecopia include:
• IntelliShape sidewall design utilizes less bead filler volume, reducing tire weight and minimizing rolling resistance for enhanced fuel efficiency. IntelliShape requires fewer renewable resources without compromising casing durability and retreadability.
• An innovative tread compound that works with Bridgestone’s patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology which limits energy loss and contributes to longer wear life, benefiting fleet owners by extending the life of the tire.
• A lower cap/base junction delays exposure to the base compound, reducing the occurrence of irregular wear and allowing tires to travel farther between retreading and replacement.
The tire is available now in the U.S. and Canada in sizes 295/75R22.5 and 11R24.5 and will be available in 285/75R24.5 and 11R22.5 sizes by April. Tire specifications are available on the Bridgestone website.