Continental is in favor of the EU Tire Label. It provides fleet operators and tire retailers with objective, reliable and comparable information on three important tire performance characteristics: fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.
The EU Tire Label Generator provides you with the label values for any current Continental Truck Tire.
The EU tire label is compulsory for all tires produced after 1 July 2012. The aim is to increase the safety and the environmental and economic efficiency of road transport and to reduce total energy consumption by 20 % by 2020.
The label gives an indication of a tires' performance in terms of fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise. The principle is similar to the energy efficiency label on washing machines, refrigerators and other electric household appliances.
It allows consumers to objectively compare tires and to incorporate this knowledge, along with other criteria, into the purchasing decision.
Wet grip / braking performance
Braking distance in wet weather conditions from A (short) to G* (longer).
Wet grip is one of the most important safety properties of a tire. A good value means a short braking distance on a wet road. Improvement by one class means a reduction of the braking distance by 5 to 10 meters in the event of full braking from 80 km/h. In an emergency, every meter counts and could be the crucial factor in avoiding an accident.
Fuel efficiency / rolling resistance
Fuel consumption from A (low) to G* (higher).
The rolling resistance significantly influences a truck’s fuel consumption and thus plays an important role from an economic and ecological point of view. This is because low fuel consumption has a positive effect on the carbon footprint of the vehicle.
Savings up to 3.5 l/100 km can can be made between two classes (e.g. B and C).
External rolling noise / noise emission
Sound level from 1 (quiet) to 3 (louder) sound waves.
The rolling noise of a truck tire contributes to traffic noise and thus environmental noise pollution. As well as the measured value in decibels, the label will show the noise level in classes of between one and three sound waves. Since 2016, tires with three sound waves do not longer comply with the existing noise regulation. Tires with two sound waves are below the existing limit, with one sound wave they are below it by more than 3 dB. A change to the sound level by 10 dB equates to the volume being halved or doubled.
* G is not used