Ford Motor develops low-rolling-resistance tires

Ford Motor has developed a low-rolling-resistance tire which offers drivers more fuel efficient solutions further improving the fuel economy of its cars and crossovers.

The company now offers these low-rolling-resistance tires, which can improve fuel economy by up to 2 mpg, on 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta SFE, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and 2012 Ford Focus SFE models.

The 2011 Ford Edge, 2011 Ford Taurus and 2011 Ford Explorer also feature tires with improved technology for increased fuel economy.

The company said that C-MAX Energi, C-MAX Hybrid and Focus Electric will be the next three vehicles to feature the fuel efficient low resistance tires.

The automaker has used rolling assistance, a measure of the force required for the tire to travel on the road, as the key attribute to improve fuel technology.

According to Ford tire experts, a 10% improvement in rolling resistance leads to a fuel economy improvement of as much as 2%.

Ford global chief engineer for tire and wheel engineering David Rohweder said tire technology, pressures and wear can make a big difference to a vehicle’s fuel economy, so the company is working closely with leading tire companies to optimize performance with low-rolling-resistance tires.

“Ford develops tires with its suppliers to meet our performance targets in terms of grip levels, ride, noise and other attributes that today’s customers expect and demand,” Rohweder said.

“We’re pushing the envelope of a well-balanced tire, one that has optimum grip in all conditions, is quiet, gets good wear and has low rolling resistance.”

Optimal tire pressures can also be beneficial to improve fuel economy, for which all Ford and Lincoln vehicles have tire pressure monitoring systems that alert the driver when pressure falls below a set level.

 

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