London’s largest private minicab company, Addison Lee, has teamed up with Hankook Tire and Universal Tyres to lower its fleet’s emissions and reduce fuel consumption.
Universal Tyres recommended the fitment of Hankook Kinergy tyres to 100% of Addison Lee's fleet back in 2009. This reduced expenditure on tyres by in excess of 25% in the first year.
Tyres are more important than most might think.
The Hankook Kinergy Eco tyres on each Addison Lee vehicle are the only part that makes contact with the road therefore playing a vital role in steering and braking performance, as well contributing to fuel efficiency and the emissions generated.
At Addison Lee the choice of tyres can affect customers’ and drivers’ safety and comfort, as well as local air quality and global environment.
Developments in tyre technology mean that tyres are becoming more energy efficient, quieter and safer. However, not all tyres are equal and some perform better than others when it comes to fuel efficiency, safety and noise.
The partnership between Addison Lee, Hankook Tire and Universal Tyres has been praised by the non-profit organisation, Change London as it strives to reduce emissions.
Jonathan Steel, the chairman of Change London, said: “Road transport is responsible for a large proportion of London’s air quality problems.
“Addison Lee’s ongoing work to proactively minimise the emissions from their fleet is to be congratulate, and we would urge all fleet operators to follow their example.”
Picture caption (left to right): Rob Daniels, fleet manager at Addison Lee, Drew Chapman, sales manager - car fleet & franchise at Hankook UK and Simon Wright, sales and marketing director from Universal Tyres.