Premium long distance trailer tire achieves fuel efficiency label A
Redeveloped tread design and compounds for greater fuel efficiency and long service life
Maximum profitability due to retreadability and regroovability
Hanover, January 9, 2014. As the first representative of a completely new truck tire generation for the goods sector, the Continental EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire is set to take its place on the international commercial vehicle stage. The new premium tire for trailers and semitrailers has been developed for maximum cost-efficiency with greater fuel efficiency and long service life. With its tread compound optimized for rolling resistance and the unique Continental casing concept, the Continental EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire also boasts excellent wet grip and driving safety.
The Conti EcoPlus HT3 is the vanguard of a completely new truck tire family which Continental will launch in 2014. The first to market in the Generation 3 tire range for goods transport from the German premium manufacturer has been developed with a clear focus on maximum efficiency on the trailer axle. Significant savings in fuel consumption is one of the most important factors for successfully navigating today’s competitive market. With trailer tires contributing around 60 percent of the overall rolling resistance, the optimal tire on the trailer plays a crucial role and contributes to the efficiency of the whole vehicle.
For the Conti EcoPlus HT3, Continental developed a new, especially fuel-efficient tread design, which provides a low void contact area with four longitudinal grooves and the Fuel Saving Edge. The rolling resistance of the trailer tires was reduced, for the size 385/55 R 22.5, by over 25 percent compared to its predecessor. This earns the Conti EcoPlus HT3 the highest EU label rating A for fuel efficiency.
The specially designed tread pattern for use on haulage vehicles is one of the key factors for success on the road. The pyramid-shaped triangular bars in the base of the tread grooves stabilize the new Conti EcoPlus HT3 against flexing in the tread. Closed ribs providing a wide contact area and a circumferential, continuous shoulder guarantee optimal straight line stability and prevent distortion especially for demanding maneuvering tasks typical for trailers.
The tread compound is optimized for rolling resistance in a two-layer construction which provides first-class performance. The cap compound of the tread ensures optimal contact with the road surface for long service life, while the special compound of the tread base on the four-layer triangular belt casing reduces the heat generation in the crown for maximum reduction in rolling resistance. With a rolling noise of just 69 dB(A), the Conti EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire is also one of the quietest tires in the truck sector. Like all tires in the Continental Generation 3 truck tire range, the Conti EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire has a retreadable and regroovable premium casing with steel cord chafer enhanced beads and the patented AirKeep® inner liner to prevent gradual loss of inflation pressure. The combination of all these factors ultimately gives the Conti EcoPlus HT3 the greatest potential for saving costs.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
Conti EcoPlus HT3
385/65 R22.5 160K Dual Branding 158L
Tyre load index
With/Without Valve (TT/TL)
Tyre requires tube
* The list prices, if available, are a net calculation basis for determining sales prices between tire manufacturers and their dealers. In no case are the selling prices paid or usually paid.
**Prices include VAT and delivery within Ireland.
***More than 90% of our orders reach the customer in the specified delivery time.