MILAN, Italy (Oct. 13, 2011)—Pirelli S.p.A. plans to launch a long haul truck tire line in Europe Union nations under the name H:01.
The company said the tire features novel technologies to improve fuel economy, wet grip and reduce noise—all three parameters to be measured under the new EU tire label to be introduced in 2012.
The H:01 line—the latest addition to Pirelli's Series 01 range—features the FH:01 for the steer and the TH:01 for the drive axle and is designed for use on highways and arterial roads.
In addition to the increased mileage, products within the range have reduced rolling resistance (up to 30 percent) and, according to Pirelli, reduced noise emissions (up to 30 percent). The company also said the tires' “improved handling in both wet and dry conditions and high performance standards in terms of stopping distance and grip and traction on wet surfaces are all confirmed.”
“Enriched with high contents of silica and nano components, the new tread compound formulations of H:01 tires, (for which there are two Pirelli patents pending), also play a key role in guaranteeing top performance in terms of low rolling resistance and high mileage,” Pirelli said.
The company added that the tires feature a “dual layer tread compound: an external layer compound optimized to raise mileage, increase grip and reduce stopping distances; and an internal layer compound to reduce rolling resistance and guarantee enhanced structural integrity.”
The FH:01 and TH:01 will be available on the market beginning in January 2012 in sizes 295/80R22.5; 295/60R22.5; 315/60R22.5; 305/70R22.5; 315/70R22.5; 315/80R22.5; and 385/55R22.5 (FH:01 only).