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Academic study proves Bridgestone Duravis Van’s worth

Bridgestone says it is inflating the spirits of van fleet operators after proving the worth of its Duravis Van tyre through a new academic study.

As van fleets explore more ways to balance the books against a challenging economic backdrop, Bridgestone has underlined the value of its flagship LCV product, courtesy of a specially commissioned university piece of research.

Bridgestone last year commissioned an independent study with Warwick Business School, where the benefits of operating on Duravis Van were underlined, both economically and sustainably, with lower CO2 emissions also proven to be generated as a result.

The Duravis Van, which boasts an EU label Grade B for rolling resistance, was benchmarked against Grade D alternatives, with all comparison data sourced from UK Government sources. The study factored in fuel prices and forecasted future fuel price rises, with DfT and DVLA data referenced to calculate the number of vans currently on UK roads.

It concluded that 95.85 litres of petrol could be saved per year when operating on a Duravis Van tyre compared to a ‘D’ rated alternative, equating to savings of 80.79 litres in diesel and 373.12 kWh per year for electric vans.

The research showed that because the tyre also offers greater longevity than Grade D alternatives, costs are also reduced through fewer annual replacements. For van fleets of five vehicles, overall savings amounted to around £895/€1,044 per year and for a fleet of 100 vehicles, the figure extrapolates to £17,900/€20,896.

Compared to its predecessor, the Duravis R660, the Bridgestone Duravis Van delivers a 21 per cent improvement in rolling resistance, securing an EU label Grade B for rolling resistance in most sizes. This means greater fuel/energy efficiency, which translates to enhanced fuel savings or extended battery range for businesses.

Bridgestone says the Duravis Van tyre is one of its most advanced product across its entire consumer and commercial ranges, offering huge savings whilst simultaneously minimising downtime and contributing to a lower cost of ownership.

According to tests carried out by independent TÜV SÜD, the Bridgestone Duravis Van tyre offers best-in-class mileage for extended tyre life as well as best-in-class dry and wet braking performances. It also achieves the highest EU label rating for wet grip, helping to keep drivers safe on the road, even in challenging wet-weather conditions.

Bridgestone consumer sales director Brett Emerson said: “The Duravis Van tyre provides so many tangible benefits to van fleets and van drivers, including cost, convenience, and incredible longevity.

“The Duravis Van tyre is the result of many pioneering technologies including the innovative and sustainable Enliten Technology. This set of technologies provide best-in-class tyre performance, while delivering sustainability benefits thanks to the tyre’s best-in-class mileage1 and increased fuel/energy efficiency.”

The Bridgestone Duravis Van tyre is perfectly suited to both Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and electric vehicles (EV), helping to optimise their performance. Specifically for EV drivers, the Bridgestone Duravis Van’s higher wear tolerance counters the increased weight and higher torque of EVs, while its low rolling resistance saves battery life.

The tyre also comes equipped with a Sidewall Protector Rib, which ensures that the product can withstand curbside damage, which represents an occupational hazard for van drivers. It complements the Duravis All Season tyre, Bridgestone’s first-ever all-season tyre for the light truck segment.

Certified by the 3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) and Mud + Snow (M + S) markings, Bridgestone’s Duravis All Season is fully winter-ready. The tyre achieves this thanks to a combination of compound design, a V-shaped layout to improve snow mobility and an optimised carcass construction.

The Duravis All Season’s notable performance in the wet and snow is also down to Bridgestone’s new nano-selective compound mixing technology which allows better silica dispersion in Bridgestone’s Nano Pro-tech compound.