Michelin has created a new tire, the Energy Saver-gas conserving tire, which uses a specially-developed rubber composite, and Michelin claims the tire reduces rolling resistance by 20% in both 15- and 16-inch sizes. Tire testing was carried out by TÜV SÜD Automotive, which measured the Michelin’s performance to that of the top six competitor tires. The Energy Saver is also said to have the same durability as Michelin’s other tires.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
ENERGY SAVER tyre review
Average based on 2,512 test results
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12.09.2015 from Mick G This tyre helps me achieve 54mpg around the doors and you can easily get 30k plus from a set of tyres. I had done 32k when I changed and I only changed because I like a matched axle set so changed all 4!
10.09.2014 from Jonathan Just what you would hope for from Michelin: Handles different conditions well (wet, dry, etc) and the car feels good to drive. Have not tried to check fuel saving but I am checking the pressure in the tyres every month or so as under-inflated tyres use much more fuel.
07.08.2014 from C Howard Noticeable improvement in mpg from the winter tyres we use
21.09.2012 from Duncan Bromley Very good tyres, very little wear after 15000km and increases mpg by around 5miles, not much I know, but it all helps. Much quieter than other tyres used and infinitely better than the Pirelli tyres that came with the car.