Yokohama Tire Corporation has introduced the BluEarth 709L ultra wide base drive tire – a SmartWay verified tire designed for fuel efficiency.

It is the first in Yokohama’s new BluEarth designated tires and reflects the company’s most advanced environmental technologies.

“It’s been engineered to be our most fuel-efficient drive tire yet with exceptional performance,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire senior director of tire business planning product planning and sales operations. “Along with superior tread life and a highly durable casing, the BluEarth 709L UWB will provide extraordinary service for our fleet customers and operators throughout the country.”

The BluEarth 709L UWB is designed for better fuel economy featuring an advanced compound that is resistant to heat buildup and a tread depth of 24/32-inches for improved low-rolling resistance.

The tire is made for good traction in wet or snowing conditions derived from a specialized directional tread pattern. A Z-block design creates multiple biting edges for outstanding grip during acceleration. Distinctive tie-bar connectors increase block rigidity to reduce heel-toe wear, while seven circumferential grooves efficiently evacuate water from beneath the tread to maximize contact with the road.

A zero-degree belt creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear. This is a key component for the tire’s durable and retreadable casing. Also, funnel-shaped grooves prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom of the groove where casing damage can occur.