OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Transport Canada today released the results
of a study on the safety and environmental performance of low rolling
Low rolling resistance tires are designed to improve vehicle fuel
efficiency. They are made of advanced materials and have treads,
dimensions and weights that help to minimize the energy lost as the
tire rolls across the road surface.
The study,Packed Snow Performance of Low Rolling Resistance Class 8 Heavy Truck
Tires, examined several brands of tires to assess their performance in packed
snow winter conditions.
To comply with Canada's proposed Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty
vehicles, it is expected that truck manufacturers and importers will
increase their use of fuel savings technologies, including low rolling
resistance tires, on vehicles available for sale in Canada.
During public consultations for the proposed Regulations, which are expected to come into force for 2014 model years and beyond,
some industry stakeholders expressed concern that low rolling
resistance tires may have reduced traction performance in Canadian
winter conditions, particularly when equipped on class 8 long-haul
The study, conducted by the National Research Council on behalf of
Transport Canada's ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program, demonstrated
that the current generation of low rolling resistance tires offers a
similar level of snow traction performance as conventional tires, while
reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Tires used in this study were
chosen from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay
Program's approved list, a widely-accepted designation for low rolling
resistance tires in North America.
The study's results, as well as other test results from the
ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles program, will inform Canada's proposed
emission regulations for heavy-duty vehicles and Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. This study will help support the uptake of low
rolling resistance tire technology by the Canadian trucking industry,
maintaining road safety and benefitting the environment.
For more information about the ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program and
test results from this study, please visit Transport Canada's website
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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