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The Carolinas' BEST Independent Retreader: LEAs

In the fall of 2011, BesTreads and Vipal partnered to test a revolutionary fuel saving tread rubber compound. The test was done in eight different school bus fleets (LEA’s) in North Carolina. In each of the fleets, one bus that could be monitored daily was selected. Eight tires were retreaded on the same brand virgin casing. Four were retreaded in the Vipal Eco Tread and four were retreaded using the tread pattern and brand of rubber that the fleet was currently using. The four tires with the current rubber were put on the selected bus and run for one month. The bus was fueled daily and records were kept of daily distance and fuel consumption. At the end of the month the Eco Treads were mounted on the same bus. The next month the bus ran the same route with the same driver. Again, daily mileage and fuel consumption were recorded. Below are the actual results. Click on each individual LEA to get detailed reports.

  % of Savings Annual Fuel Budget Savings
TEST LEA 1
Michelin’s XZUS vs ECO
2.59% 3,400,00.00 $88,207.00
TEST LEA 2
BesTread’s KBB vs ECO
2.77% $1,054,424.00 $29,227.00
TEST LEA 3
BesTread’s KBB vs ECO
3.52% $726.813.00 $25,599.00
TEST LEA 4
BesTread’s KBB vs ECO
10.17% $2,430,000.00 $247,131.00
TEST LEA 5
BesTread’s KBB vs ECO
4.77% $1,137,597.00 $54,245.00
TEST LEA 6
White’s AWT vs ECO
6.7% $1,822,341.00 $122,143.00
TEST LEA 7
BesTread’s KBB vs ECO
2.49% $584,213.00 $14,552.00
TEST LEA 8
BesTread’s KBB vs ECO
10.13% $550,000.00 $55,699.00

 

Michelin’s XZUS 26/32nds
BesTread’s KBB 26/32nds
White’s AWT 26/32nds

BesTread’s ECO 23/32nds