In trials with Volvo Trucks on UK test routes, the new Michelin X Line Energy range has set new efficiency records.
The latest test, completed this month, returned an average of 10.31mpg over 471 miles. 355/50 R22.5 X Line Energy Z (steer) and 295/60 R22.5 X Line Energy D (drive) tyres were fitted to a Globetrotter sleeper cab-equipped 4×2 Volvo FM 420 and tri-axle trailer at 40-tonnes. The previous Commercial Motor 40-tonne record of 8.6mpg was set in 2008.
Head of media, truck demonstration & driver development at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, Martin Tomlinson, said, “In the minds of most customers, fuel is everything. We’ve pioneered world-leading technologies and fuel saving strategies that can make a huge difference to a fleet’s bottom line, but you also need the right tyres to help squeeze the most out of every drop.
“Michelin X Line Energy tyres have become our default choice for our long-haul demo fleet as they help us to drive further on less fuel,” he continued. “Plus they match this with impressive safety, handling and durability.”
Managing director of Michelin UK, Chris Smith, said, “Manufacturers such as Volvo Trucks hold a wealth of data on vehicle performance in different configurations, so it’s a huge compliment to see our tyres being repeatedly chosen for their demonstration fleet.”