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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. premiered two new tires designed for the last-mile delivery sector, including one developed for electric vehicles.
The tires were introduced at a March 8 press event during the Technology & Maintenance Council 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition March 8.
The “Electric Drive Ready” Endurance RSA ULT is the tire manufacturer’s first tire developed for the higher load capacity of electric commercial vehicles, and is the first commercial tire stamped with Goodyear’s “Electric Drive Ready” designation or badge.
The Endurance RSA ULT is Goodyear’s premium 17.5-inch all-position tire for last-mile delivery vehicles, box trucks and light trucks. (Jessica Yanesh for Goodyear)
Also compatible with gas- or diesel-powered work vehicles, the Endurance RSA ULT is an all-position premium 17.5-inch tire for delivery vehicles, pickup trucks and light trucks.
Goodyear said the tire is intended to address the growing demand trends within the last-mile delivery segment driven by e-commerce, as well as fleets’ cost-savings and sustainability goals. It features Goodyear’s IntelliMax Rib Technology, which is designed to provide longer tread life, and new tread geometry applied to the bottom of the grooves helps reduce stress and casing damage. The tire is threaded in a deep, open zig-zag tread pattern with stone-penetration protectors that help enhance traction and resist stone retention on urban streets, Goodyear said.
The Endurance RSA 17.5-inch ULT will be available in the second quarter of 2022 in the 215/75R17.5 size. Additional sizes will be added mid-2022.
The Fuel Max RSA ULT is Goodyear’s premium 19.5-inch regional pickup and delivery-combination commercial tire. The tire features its Fuel Max Technology, a tread compound that offers low-rolling resistance for better fuel efficiency and longer wear, and lowers cost-per-mile as well as all-season traction and enhanced casing. The tire is available in sizes 225/70R19.5 and 245/70R19.5 for regional, pickup and delivery, last-mile delivery, emergency response and electric utility applications.
“As electrification shapes the future of the trucking industry and the last-mile delivery market accelerates at a rapid pace, we’re relentlessly innovating as we develop new tires to help fleets meet evolving expectations,” said Jessica Julian, product marketing manager. “The launch of the fuel-saving Fuel Max RSA and EV-ready Endurance RSA underscores Goodyear’s commitment to offering specialized tires for every application so companies can find the right solution for their fleets.”
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