Bridgestone Americas announced the launch of the new Bandag B123 FuelTech retread, a trailer retread designed to uniquely complement the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire in design and performance to help fleets reduce fuel cost. Through an innovative rib design, the Bandag B123 retread is engineered to fight irregular wear and enable longer tread life for fleets.
“The majority of a fleet’s fuel savings come from the drive and trailer tire positions, so we designed the Bandag B123 FuelTech retread to pair with Bridgestone Ecopia tires to maximize fleet savings,” said Keith Iwinski, director of marketing, Bandag, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Our fleet customers expect to optimize their tire investment with premium performance and extended tire life, which is why Bridgestone is committed to making mobility more efficient through new, innovative technologies, products and service.”
When used together, the Bandag B123 FuelTech retread and Bridgestone R123 Ecopia drive tire can reduce energy loss by 4.7% and optimize fuel efficiency. By switching to the B123 FuelTech retread, fleets can save up to $165,900 in fuel costs compared to competitor offerings.
Bridgestone created its Ecopia tire line to offer fleets tire solutions with industry-leading retreadability benefits engineered with new casing technology to lower rolling resistance and extend treadwear, in addition to meeting SmartWay-verification and California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliance. When fleets use Bridgestone Ecopia tires in all positions, they save an estimated $1,393 annually per truck in comparison to the Micheline X-Line.