Our comitment to the most efficient and environment-friendly tires
Hankook Tire has instituted a tire labeling system to provide valuable information to customers, including important data on performance, energy efficiency, and eco-friendliness. Our goal at Hankook Tire is to raise customer satisfaction and improve environmental management.
EU TIRE LABEL 2021
Information on the new EU regulation
The EU tire labelling system provides customers with valuable information on tires, including important data on performance, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.
EU Tire Labelling Regulation
The EU tire labelling system is a standard that provides customers with helpful information so that they can check tire characteristics before purchasing. Hankook achieves its goal of satisfying customers and protecting the environment with environmentally friendly, energy-saving and high-performance products.
Hankook is working hard to provide useful information to customers in adopting the tire labelling regulation.
Regulations require tire manufacturers to declare fuel efficiency, wet grip rating and external rolling noise performance for C1, C2 and C3 tires (i.e. tires mainly fitted on passenger cars, and on light and heavy duty vehicles).
In the past a lack of reliable and comparable information on the performance of tires made it difficult for consumers to take these elements into account in their purchasing decision, especially when replacing a used set of tires.
From 1st November 2012 tire performance data was displayed at the point of sale and on all technical promotional literature such as catalogues, leaflets and web-based marketing.
With the EU Regulation 2020/740, effective from 1st May 2021, a new logo design is implemented. The aim is to lead a market transformation towards a more fuel-efficient, safe and low-noise tire, beyond the standards already achieved.
It will also pave the way for competition to run on tire performance and price, which will in turn stimulate investment in research and development. (Source: European Commission)
Product Information Sheet
Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/740
|Supplier name or trademark||Hankook|
|Commercial name or trade designation||WiNter i*cept evo3|
|Tire type identifier||1026226|
|Tire size designation||225/45R18|
|Speed category symbol||V|
|Fuel efficiency class||D|
|Wet grip class||B|
|External rolling noise class||B|
|External rolling noise value||72dB|
|Severe snow tire||Yes|
|Date of start of production||34/20|
|Date of end of production||-|
New Tire Identification System:
1. QR Code
The QR Code allows access to the EU’s product database EPREL, where customers can check the more detailed product information sheet.
2. Tire type Identifier
The tire type identifier code enables a clear identification of a product.
The EU tire labelling system is implemented by the following criteria:
1. Fuel Efficiency
Fuel efficiency is measured by the rolling resistance (RR) of tires. Rolling resistance is the resistance that occurs when a round object such as a ball or tire rolls on a flat surface in a steady velocity straight-line motion. It is caused mainly by the deformation of the object, the deformation of the surface, or both.
Additional contributing factors include wheel radius, forward speed, surface adhesion, and relative micro-sliding between the surfaces of contact. It depends very much on the material of the wheel or tire and the sort of ground.
Five classes from E (least efficient) to A (most efficient)
Effects may vary among vehicles and driving conditions, but the difference between an E and an A class for a complete set of tires could reduce fuel consumption by up to 7.5% and even more in the case of trucks.
2. Wet Grip
Wet grip indicates the braking performance of tires on wet road surfaces and is related to the safety performance of vehicles. Tires with low rolling resistance have high fuel efficiency, but can have safety problems. This is because tires with low rolling resistance have low adherence to roads when the roads are wet. Accordingly, the European Council requires tire companies to provide information about their tires adherence (or grip) when applying the brakes on wet roads.
Five classes from E (longest braking distances) to A (shortest braking distances)
Effects may vary among vehicles and driving conditions, but in the case of full braking, the difference between an E and an A class for a set of four identical tires could be up to 30% shorter braking distance (e.g. for a typical passenger car driving at 80 km/h speed this could be up to 18m shorter braking distance).
3. Noise Level
Exterior noise levels are measured in decibel (dB) and are indicated in three categories (A-B-C).
In addition to the specification of noise level in Decibels (dB) a pictogram displays whether the tire external rolling noise performance is above the European mandatory limit value (C = noisier tire), up to 3 dB below the future limit value (B = average noise level) or more than 3 dB below the future limit value (A = low noise tire).
N : Noise Level (dB) / LV : Limit Values