Bridgestone recently launched its new Duravis R002 steer, drive, and trailer tyres, which the company boasts have 15% lower cost per kilometre and 45% improved wear life compared to their predecessors. Duravis R002 tyres are designed specifically for fleets and were rigorously tested with the help of 17 fleets in 13 countries to ensure they can help improve fuel efficiency and offer better traction, especially in wet and wintery conditions.
“Fleets are facing more challenges than ever before, and Bridgestone has a responsibility to help our customers overcome them,” says Steven De Bock, director of sales and operations, commercial products, at Bridgestone EMEA. “Tyre wear is one of the biggest concerns for fleets wanting to avoid additional costs. With its exceptional performance, our new Duravis R002 tyre helps them to lower their operational cost.”
RFID Technology & Total Tyre Care
All of Bridgestone’s truck and bus tyres, including the Duravis R002, have RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags so they can be properly monitored by the Total Tyre Care suite of tyre management and maintenance services. Total Tyre Care consists of Total Tyre Life, Total Tyre Services, and Total Tyre Systems, all of which work together to extend the life of tyres and cut down on cost per kilometre, streamline the maintenance process to reduce downtime, and generally track the health and condition of the tyres.
Bridgestone explains that its Duravis R002 tyres “are to be fitted as original equipment on leading vehicle manufacturers…after a thorough homologation testing.” Those manufacturers include Daimler, IVECO, MAN, Renault, Scania, and Volvo. There will be four sizes available starting in September 2019 and the company will release six more sizes in 2020.
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