Spanish haulier Marcotran has proved the savings that Goodyear FUELMAX and KMAX truck tyres offer. Comparative tests run by the company show that on certain routes it can save almost €1,000 per vehicle per year by using FUELMAX tyres, and the high mileage offered by KMAX tyres makes them more economical on other routes.
Marcotran is a Spanish based international freight company. Its pan-European fleet comprises about 700 trucks and 1,200 trailers, with routes varying from mundane regional runs to the longest between Spain to Moscow. The fleet currently runs mainly Goodyear’s low rolling resistance FUELMAX truck tyres. However Marcotran was keen to discover the difference that using Goodyear’s mileage-optimized KMAX tyres would make. The challenge was to compare the savings in fuel with those in tyre costs in terms of mileage. The results were very revealing and clearly showed both Goodyear ranges help reducing the Total Cost of Ownership.
Estimated mileage for the KMAX tyres ranged between 240.000 kms for the drive tyres and 450.000 kms for the trailer tyres and for the FUELMAX tyres it was between 220.000 kms for the drive tyres and 350.000 kms for the trailer tyres. This meant that the possible savings for KMAX tyres in relation to mileage was €287.70 per year per vehicle compared with the FUELMAX tyre combination.
Fuel consumption with the FUELMAX tyres was 30.38 liters/100km and 31.58 for the KMAX combination, representing an annual saving in fuel cost of €1,252 with FUELMAX tyres compared to KMAX . This showed the comparative savings in terms of mileage that the KMAX tyres offered and the fuel savings thanks to the FUELMAX tyres.
The conclusion was that by using FUELMAX on the routes selected by Marcotran, the company could save a total of €964 per vehicle per year . However the impressive high mileage that the KMAX tyres gave, showed that in applications where mileage is the main performance criteria this tyre could be a preferred choice.
The tests run by Marcotran underline not only the fuel savings that FUELMAX tyres offer but also the high mileage that KMAX tyres give while still saving fuel. These show that FUELMAX and KMAX tyres significantly contribute to reducing Total Cost of Ownership to fleets.