Goodyear Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

Apr 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

    AKRON, Ohio, April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Goodyear Tire &
 Rubber Company (NYSE:   GT), the nation's leading commercial tire
 manufacturer, announced today it has joined the U.S. Environmental
 Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership, which previously
 approved using the company's Fuel Max linehaul tires on SmartWay tractors
 and trailers.
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     SmartWay is a collaboration between the truck transportation industry
 and the EPA to increase energy efficiency and significantly reduce
 greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution.
     "We continue to do our part for the environment with our innovative
 technologies that reduce tire rolling resistance and energy use at all
 facilities and eliminate all waste disposal in landfills. We also offer
 solution-based business tools that calculate fuel consumption and help
 fleets lower their costs of operation, said Steve McClellan, Goodyear vice
 president of commercial tire systems.
     "Through the SmartWay Transport Partnership, we see opportunities to
 further our relationships with America's fleets and truck and trailer
 manufacturers in the pursuit of even greater gains in fuel efficiency and
 emission reductions. The savings are substantial," McClellan said.
     The fuel-efficient line-haul tires deliver up to 4 percent improved
 truck fuel economy, and when used with other SmartWay-qualified components,
 each 18- wheel tractor and trailer used in long-haul can produce savings of
 up to 4,000 gallons per year, or more than $11,000 annually, according to
 Goodyear and EPA officials.
     Goodyear tires featuring Fuel Max Technology include the Unisteel G395
 LHS steer tire, Unisteel G305 LHD drive tire and Unisteel G316 LHT trail
 tire in standard (11R22.5) and low-profile (295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5)
     While company officials are citing up to a 4 percent hike in fuel
 economy with the new tires, actual Society of Automotive Engineers lab test
 results showed an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with
 standard Goodyear over-the-road tires. The difference reflects adjustments
 for real- world variations, including vehicle speed, idling time, varying
 road grades and different driving styles.
     McClellan suggested that fleets and owner-operators consider specifying
 equipment to improve fuel economy, even if it means retrofitting existing
 vehicles. SmartWay has developed a set of specifications to help guide the
 process and even offers low-cost loans to make it easier. In addition,
 several truck makers are now selling trucks that are SmartWay-certified as
 being highly fuel-efficient vehicles.
     The SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between freight
 shippers, carriers, and logistics companies, voluntarily improves fuel
 efficiency and reduces emissions from freight transport. By 2012, SmartWay
 aims to save between 3.3 and 6.6 billion gallons of diesel and eliminate
 between 33 and 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and up to
 200,000 tons of nitrous oxide emissions per year.
     Goodyear's environmental activities include its zero-waste-to-landfill
 initiative, which helps to recycle materials or use waste materials for
 fuel or energy. In mid-2007, the company's U.S. chemical operations became
 the first to achieve total zero waste to landfill.
     Goodyear commercial tire systems offer complete products and services
 to the trucking industry, including a full range of original equipment and
 replacement tires. In addition, the company's cradle-to-grave tire and
 service network includes retreading, tire management tools and business
 solutions for tomorrow's trucking fleets.
     For more information on Fuel Max Technology, go to
     For additional information on the SmartWay Transport Partnership, go to
     CONTACT: Dave Wilkins

SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company