MONROVIA, Calif. — Double Coin and CMA, a leading tire manufacturer and marketer, have announced the results of comparison fuel efficiency tests, called the Energotest Tire Challenge. Companies were invited to participate in the tests by FPInnovations’ PIT Group, a neutral third-party research organization. In addition to Double Coin, fuel efficiency tests were also conducted on tires manufactured by Michelin and Continental.
The PIT Group ran two separate comparison tests on steer, drive and trailer tires that were run on three identically spec’d tractors and trailers. The tests were conducted according to the TMC Fuel Consumption Test Procedure—Type III, RP 1103A. One test was a line haul test and the other was a regional haul test.
In each test, a tractor-trailer combination was mounted with a complete set of steer, drive and trailer tires from each manufacturer. In the line haul test, the Double Coin tires tested were the RR680, FD405 and the IM105 patterns. The Continental tires tested were the Eco Plus HS3 on steer, HDL2 on drives and the HT3 on the trailer position. The Michelin tires tested were the X-Line Energy Z steer tires, X-Line Energy D drive tires and X-Line Energy T trailer tires.
The tires ran a series of test runs on the test track, and then tires and tractors-trailers-drivers were switched, so that any vehicle difference or driver difference would not influence the test results. The results of the line haul test are shown below:
|Tires Double Coin Continental Michelin|
|Fuel Consumption (L/100 km) 32.54 31.99 32.68|
|Fuel Economy (MPG) 7.23 7.35 7.20|
The regional test was run using the same methodology, but with tires that were designed for regional applications from each manufacturer. The Double Coin tires tested in the regional test were the RT606+, RLB1 and RR150. The Continental tires tested were the Hybrid HS3, HDR2 Eco Plus, and the HT3. The Michelin tires tested were the XZE2, XDN2, and the XZE2. The regional tests results are shown below:
|Tires Double Coin Continental Michelin|
|Fuel Consumption (L/100 km) 34.29 32.41 34.58|
|Fuel Economy (MPG) 6.86 7.26 6.80|
In both tests, the Double Coin tires came in second, with the Continentals coming in 1st and the Michelins coming in at 3rd place.
“We are pleased with the results of this independent study,” said Tim Phillips, VP of marketing and operations for Double Coin. “We wanted to go head-to-head with top-tier brands, in order to prove that Double Coin tires are quality-engineered tire products that also deliver superior performance and exceptional value—more than is sometimes perceived in the marketplace.”
In addition, the “fact that our steer, drive, and trailer tires are as fuel-efficient as more well-known brands, and are backed by a 7-year, 3-retread warranty, means that our customers can be confident in quality tires that deliver an ongoing lower cost per mile throughout the life of the tire. These results validate what we have known for some time and what the rest of the transportation industry now knows as well,” Phillips concluded.
About PIT Group
PIT Group, a division of FPInnovations, is a neutral, third-party research organization that exclusively focuses on testing technologies and evaluating operational effectiveness for member fleets. PIT Group’s four main research areas are: testing fuel efficiency of technologies using its Energotest program, verifying that ELD solutions meet U.S. and or Canadian requirements, assessing fleet operations for areas of improvements and research, and testing and developing smart mobility solutions.
PIT Group’s Energotest is recognized in the trucking industry as the gold standard for fuel economy tests and is ISO 17025 certified. Fleets across North America rely on PIT Group’s insight and advice, because of its operations and maintenance expertise. www.thepitgroup.com
About Double Coin
Double Coin Tires have been marketed in the U.S. since 1992 and have grown in popularity every year. The company markets tires to some of North America’s most influential distributors, including Carroll Tire Co., Tire Wholesalers, Inc., K&M Tire, Lucy’s Tire, Inc. and many more.
Double Coin Tires are supplied by CMA, LLC. (Monrovia, Calif.), and is a subsidiary of Shanghai Huayi Group Corp., Ltd. Double Coin products include truck and bus radial, and radial off-the-road tires that enjoy OEM fitments at major North American transportation and construction equipment manufacturers. In addition, Double Coin Tires are tested at some of the most progressive transportation fleets in North America. Many of the Double Coin Tires sold in the U.S. are SmartWay Verified, to support the sustainability goals of the tire and transportation industry. www.doublecointires.com
CMA, LLC. manufactures and markets flag, associate and private brand products from Double Coin Holdings, Ltd., and from several other manufacturers. Flag and associate brands distributed by CMA include: Double Coin, Warrior, Dynatrail, Dynacargo, Dynastar, Duraturn and Bluestar. In addition, CMA supports several large tire marketing organizations with private and exclusive brand consumer and commercial tires. CMA, LLC. serves the US, Canadian, Mexican and Central American markets.