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14/07/2020
Agilis 3 the new summer tire for commercial vehicles

Two years after the launch of the Agilis CrossClimate, Michelin expands the range with the new Michelin Agilis 3, a new summer tire that fully embodies the company’s philosophy of sustainable performance that applies to all its products.A strategy based on design choices that aims to combine the efficient use of materials and resources with a high level of performance throughout the life of the tires

Carlo Ferro

Two years after the launch of the Agilis CrossClimate, Michelin expands the range with the new Michelin Agilis 3, a new summer tire that fully embodies the company’s philosophy of sustainable performance that applies to all its products.A strategy based on design choices that aims to combine the efficient use of materials and resources with a high level of performance throughout the life of the tires, in order to reduce the environmental impact of the tire and promote the durable use of the product.

Sustainability, efficiency and durability are key aspects for the activities of any urban transport and delivery operations, particularly in city centres, but also for small companies and large business conglomerates, that aim to optimise costs without compromising on safety, while reducing their environmental impact. All the more so in recent months, during the Covid-19 lockdown, which witnessed a strong increase in online sales, including sectors that were typically excluded, such as food deliveries.

With this new Michelin, environmental savings start with the weight of the tire itself, because the Agilis 3 weighs on average 1kg less than its predecessor, but the difference may be as much as 1.7kg for some sizes, which means less use of natural resources, and less waste to dispose of at the end of its life.

According to studies carried out at the Ladoux Technology Centre, Clermont-Ferrand, the rolling resistance of tires is responsible for around 20% of a vehicle's fuel consumption. Tests carried out by Michelin, says the manufacturer, have shown that the new Agilis 3, compared with its predecessor Agilis+, reduces the CO2 emissions of a commercial vehicle by an average of 104 kg over a distance of 20,000 km, with a lower fuel consumption of 0.2 litres per 100 km.

Normally, as a tire wears off, certain characteristics improve, such as dry braking and fuel consumption, while wet braking becomes less effective; in line with its design strategy, Michelin created the new Agilis 3 (class A certified in wet braking) to maintain high performance in terms of wet braking right up to the legal limit of wear, i.e. up to 1.6 mm of residual tread. This result has been achieved using Evergrip's technologies, starting with the compound, characterized by a high silica density, and the new tread design, which combines deep channels, flexible tread blocks to optimize handling on wet roads, and "U" shaped grooves, obtained with more vertical tread blocks that increase the full to empty ratio at a tread depth of 2mm, to facilitate the evacuation of water even with little residual tread.

In order to maximize durability and robustness, Michelin Agilis 3 also employs two new technologies developed for truck tires, transferred for the first time into tires designed for commercial vehicles: a compound meant to offer greater resistance to abrasion, and a patented technology that prevents stones from getting stuck in the tread.

A further safety feature is found in the sidewall, for which Michelin used the same solution first introduced on Agilis CrossClimate, an additional rubber reinforcement that protects the sidewall from damages.

Michelin Agilis 3 has been on the market since April in 12 sizes and a further 12 will be available in Europe from July 2020, reaching a coverage of 75% of the market.

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