Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, has submitted four additional Bandag retread products to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for SmartWay verification. Upon approval, Bridgestone will offer seven SmartWay verified retread products, more than any other retread manufacturer.
“We are responding to evolving market needs with tire solutions that not only are smart for business, but are also smart for the earth,” said Bert Jones, manager of TBR, retread and OTR product marketing for Bridgestone Commercial Solutions.
Currently, three Bandag retread products, B710 FuelTech, B197 FuelTech, and B135 FuelTech are on the list of low rolling resistance retreads.
The four new Bandag options submitted for review are FCR Trailer, FuelTech Trailer, FuelTech Drive, and B835 FuelTech.
The Bandag FCR Trailer retread is a specially compounded, high mileage, shallow tread tire that combines fuel efficiency with extended tread wear. The B835 FuelTech wide base drive retread features an advanced fuel-efficient compound to produce long tread life and exceptional fuel economy for fleets using wide base tires on tandem axles in over-the-highway service. FuelTech Trailer and FuelTech Drive retread products utilize a special compound to help deliver fuel efficiency while generous depth increases tread wear and traction.
The EPA SmartWay Technology program verifies the performance of vehicles, technologies and equipment that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases and other air pollutants from freight transport, according to its website.