- Published: Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:39
Bridgestone launches updated Ecopia tyres, with improved fuel consumption, wet performance and longer life
SINGAPORE - On June 19, 2017, Bridgestone Tyre Sales Singapore debuted the new version of its popular Ecopia eco-tyre. The new model, dubbed EP300, replaces the old EP200 model here.
The Japanese tyre firm claims the new model is a ‘next-generation eco-tyre that offers low rolling-resistance and superior wet grip performance’ and is able to achieve fuel savings of up to two-litres per tankful of petrol based on a TUV Rheinland Chassis Dynamometer Test with a Toyota Camry 2.0 G running Firestone TZ700 tyres.
The same test setup but using the old EP200 as comparison, shows a fuel consumption improvement of approximately 9.1L/100km to 8.9L/100km, or 11.2km more per tank of fuel. All of that doesn’t sound like much, but as it always is with fuel efficiency, small, incremental improvements add up in the long run.
Bridgestone also claims to have made improvements to two other aspects of the tyre, with improved wet grip that translates into better handling and braking in damp conditions, and it also claims to have extended tyre life.
All of this has been achieved by compound improvements, new tread pattern and crown shape.
The company’s NanoPro Tech, which allow a greater level of cohesion in the compounds of the tyre and a higher level of silica. The new tread pattern includes deeper lugs or main grooves, which mean longer tyre life, rounded rib edges for better overall stiffness and feedback, and chamfering sipes (side grooves) for better braking and turning.
Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP300 is now available for sales at all official Bridgestone retailers/dealers, and it’s available in a range of sizes from 15-inch to 17-inch wheels. Official pricing information will be available soon.