LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Oct. 22, 2012)—Lanxess A.G. has commissioned a study on the cost-benefits of low-rolling-resistance tires.
The study by the Technical University of Munich shows that these tires pay for themselves much faster than automatic start-stop systems and hybrid drives.
“The TU Munich study confirms that green tires offer motorists numerous benefits for little financial outlay,” said Werner Breuers, member of the Lanxess board of management.
One example from the TU Munich study shows the optimized rolling resistance cuts a car's fuel costs by about $130 per year.
The additional costs for quality tires are also recouped faster, according to the study. Green tires pay for themselves after 12,400 miles on average, whereas automatic start-stop systems do not reach this point until after 37,000, the study said.