(Sept. 13, 2012) – It appears that the EPA has solidified the criteria for eligible tires under the SmartWay program.
EPA has issued verifications of low rolling resistance retread tire products under the performance requirements announced in June, 2012.
Verified drive and trailer retreads are both available. More information about the SmartWay program, low rolling resistance tires and EPA-verified retreads can be found here.
EPA estimates that using verified low rolling resistance tires can improve fuel consumption by 3 percent when used in all axle positions on line-haul class-8 tractor trailers.
Verified retreads, when used in the drive and trailer axle positions in combination with EPA-verified steer tires, can reduce fuel consumption by 3 percent relative to the most common retreads.