Continental Tyres has partnered with EcoDriven to support its UK-wide Sustainability Showcase tour, kitting out a retrofitted bus with Bandvulc Citymaster 5 tyres and ContiPressureCheck system.
The MCW Metrobus will be used for the year-long tour as it showcases sustainable solutions at 20 towns and cities across the UK.
The Citymaster 5 tyres which are demonstrated on the EcoDriven bus feature extra sidewall reinforcement and a dimple indicator to alert technicians when it might be due for a change. They also sport high polymer rubber compound, which has been redesigned to resist punctures and and withstand the constant stop-start use.
The ContiPressureCheck tyre pressure monitoring system allows the driver to monitor via an in-cab display real-time tyre pressure and temperature information, notifying them of possible damage.
Pete Robb, Marketing Director at Continental Tyres, says: “Across our business, we strive to deliver sustainable innovation. This ranges from our Bandvulc commercial vehicle retreads, which can save around 30kg of rubber, 20kg of steel and 68 litres of oil compared to a new tyre, through to our new UltraContact NTX car tyre that uses up to 65% recycled and renewable materials in its construction.
“It’s for this reason that we’re proud to be working with the EcoDriven team as they embark on their UK tour. We look forward to following their progress and trust that both the tyres and ContiPressureCheck system will help the team to achieve their project.”
John Patterson, Managing Director of EcoDriven, adds: “Partnering up with Continental and their Bandvulc brand has been a real eye-opener.
“When we started our mission to showcase our sustainable materials and how we use them, we never realised how much progress had been made in rubber tyre recycling. Visiting the factory in Ivybridge truly demonstrated why innovation is crucial in achieving sustainability.”