Tyre Energy Labels

Tyres sold within the EU are accompanied with a tyre energy label to show performance class for wet grip, noise emission and impact on fuel consumption. The tyre energy labels help consumers make informed decisionsand encourage manufacturers to produce more fuel efficient, safer and quieter tyres. 

Tyre Performance

The energy efficiency class ranges from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). A top class tyre has less rolling resistance and therefore requires less energy to move the vehicle. This translates into lower energy costs (fossil fuels or electricity). The wet grip class ranges as well from A (shorter braking distance on wet asphalt) to G (longest). The external noise class ranges from A (less noise outside the vehicle) to B (more noise). This noise is different from the “cavity noise”, which is the noise transmitted from the rims to the interior of the car. There are also options for including an icon relating to grip in icy conditions and/or severe snow conditions. Ice grip tyres are designed for road surfaces covered with ice and compact snow, and should only be used in very severe climate conditions (e.g. cold temperatures). Using ice grip tyres in less severe climate conditions (e.g. wet conditions or warmer temperatures) could result in sub‐optimal performance, in particular for wet grip, handling and wear.

Performance Testing

Tyres suitable for severe snow conditions bear the “3 peaks and snow” or “alpine” symbol that is also present on the sidewall of such tyres. Nordic winter tyres for use on iced surfaces will feature a new symbol that represents an ice stalagmite. Standardised tests are used to assess the performance of tyres in all the 5 parameters indicated in the label. The QR code, read with a smartphone or other suitable reader, is intended to provide additional information from a European Commission database. Actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers, and in particular on the following: Eco‐driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption; Tyre pressure needs to be regularly checked to optimise fuel efficiency and wet grip; Stopping distances must always be respected. For more information, please visit the website from the European Union dedicated to the tyre regulation.