Avon Tyres in the UK has launched its newly developed AV12 van tyre, with lower rolling resistance for lower fuel consumption and an enhanced durable sidewall.
Avon says the AV12 offers a 10 per cent improvement in rolling resistance compared with its predecessor, the AV11. Fuel consumption is partly determined by the rolling resistance level of tyres and lower rolling resistance tyres use less fuel and cost less to run.
A durable sidewall also has a big impact on the longevity of the product and in reducing fleet tyre costs. During the development of the AV12, technology from Avon’s experience in rally tyres was utilised to create an enhanced durable sidewall with protective kerbing ‘wear ribs’. The depth of these kerbing ribs is 1.5mm. A prominent sidewall ‘buffer’ also helps to avoid premature wear and minimise kerbing damage. The AV12’s buffer is 6mm wider than on the tyre’s predecessor, the AV11.
As Avon’s first silica rich compound commercial van tyre, the company says the tread compound used in the new AV12 tyre expands the envelope of handling performance and improves wet braking by 5 per cent compared to the Avon AV11.