Beating rising fuel costs with energy efficient tyres
Want to beat rising fuel costs? One possible way to do so is to buy more energy efficient tyres. The problem is that most consumers are not well informed about tyre fuel efficiency because there is no standardised labelling or rating scheme. Without knowing, they might choose replacement tyres that are less fuel efficient.
EU tyre manufacturers together with the European Commission are spearheading the move towards energy efficient labelling of tyres, and legislation is currently under discussion to empower consumers to make informed decisons in the replacement tyre market, which apparently represents 75% of market share. This is all part of a broader EU commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020 and to improve fuel efficiency by 20% over the same period. Legislation has also been passed in the US but implementation has been slow.
Currently we are not aware of any plans for such a scheme here in Australia but growing public concern of global warming and the effects of rising fuel prices on hip pockets make it likely that, in the near future, tyre buyers will want to compare tyres – just like they do fridges and washing machines – by their energy rating.