Already implemented in Korea and Japan, tire labelling regulations are challenging the automotive industry to reduce CO2 emissions of vehicles and increase road safety all around the globe.
This regulation implemented in Europe since November 2012, imposes a standard label for passenger car, van and truck tires. This new regulation helps end-consumers to make more informed choices when buying tires.
Each tire must be physically labelled so as to provide information on environmental impact, safety and comfort characteristics with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions and increasing road safety:
Fuel efficiency: Cars with a complete set of “A” grade tires consume up to 7.5% less fuel compared to “G” grade tires. That equals up to 0,45L of fuel savings every 100km for a car consuming 6,6L per 100km.
Wet grip: Under wet road conditions cars with a complete set of “A” grade tires can make a full break with 30% shorter braking distance than “G” grade tires (e.g. for a typical passenger car driving at 80km/h speed: up to 18m shorter braking distance).
Tire external rolling noise: Vehicles will have a mandatory decibel limit starting in 2016. The value in decibel and a pictogram indicates whether the tire is above the future European mandatory limit (3 filled bars) between the future limit and 3dB below (2 filled bars) or more than 3dB below the future limit (1 filled bar).