Continental Breakfast

Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that each gallon of gas saved also means that 19.4 fewer pounds of CO2 emissions are released into the Earth’s atmosphere, so every gallon of gasoline saved helps reduce fuel costs, and in turn, helps to reduce the nation’s dependence on oil. As consumers we are all very interested in how to save money and be more energy and environmentally friendly.

Continental has introduced its ProContact with EcoPlus Technology. Their objective was to create a tire that responds to the need for an environmentally friendly, low rolling resistance tire without compromising other performances, like wet braking and mileage, that are the typical trade-offs of other ‘eco’ tires. The premium all season tire was developed to deliver improved fuel economy and treadwear and reduce harmful CO2 emissions while surpassing competing tire lines.

The ProContact with EcoPlus Technology goes beyond other premium touring tires and makes groundbreaking advances in rolling resistance, which saves fuel and helps reduce driving costs.l

With the ProContact with EcoPlus Technology – Continental engineers have been able to deliver wet traction and lowered rolling resistance without compromising either characteristic. ”The ProContact with EcoPlus Technology has proved to deliver more controlled braking and significantly shorter stopping distances.”

Available in a T-speed rating with a UTQG rating of 600 AB, it is available in a variety of 15- to 18-inch sizes to fit a wide range of vehicles for fuel-conscious motorists.

The EcoPlus Technology consists of two main components: Tg-F Polymers and Plus Silane. Tg-F polymers are temperature-activated functional polymers that increase compound bonding, improving the wear and fuel efficiency of the tire. Plus Silane is an additive that works to enhance the tire’s grip on slippery roads to reduce stopping distances. The compound is molded into a symmetric design that blends dry road steering response and handling with wide circumferential grooves that promote hydroplaning resistance and wet traction. Continental's PROactive Edge Technology brings more active edges into the contact patch to promote foul-weather traction while minimizing on-road noise. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts that stabilize the tread area to promote strength and treadwear.

These technologies work together to enhance the driving experience for a long tire life when conditions are normal, plus provide excellent wet braking on slippery roads.

The tire comes with a 72-month manufacturer’s workmanship warranty and 12 months free Replacement; 12 months of road hazard coverage; a 60-day customer satisfaction warranty and an 80,000-mile limited tread wear warranty.



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