April 27, 2009

Europe favors eco-tire labeling rule

The European Parliament proposed last week for tire manufacturers starting November 2012 to label the fuel efficiency/performance as well as the wet grip and noise performance of tires (or 'tyre' as they spell it in Europe).

According to EU lawmakers, the new tire label will use a fuel-efficiency classification similar to the energy label for washing machines and fridges, with performance rated from 'Class A' (best) to 'Class G' (worst).

Tire suppliers are also expected to provide a "fuel savings calculator" on their websites so that consumers can assess the potential average savings of fuel, CO2 and costs of the tires.

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