Tires: energy labeling evolves and becomes clearer

Since May 1, 2021, new energy labels will gradually appear on tires for cars, vans and trucks. Good news for drivers and owners who want to pay attention to their fuel consumption or even noise.

When will the new labels appear, and for which tires?

The change in European regulations entered into force on May 1, 2021, but it will take some time for all tires marketed in Europe to have this label: the European Commission has given producers an application period. In fact, it will mainly start with the tires produced and marketed from that date, while those produced until April 30, 2021 and marketed thereafter will be able to keep the old label until November 30, 2021. As for the tires already on the market, there is no obligation to change the label, but eventually they will disappear.

The tires affected by this change are those for cars (Category C1), vans (Category C2) and buses and trucks (Category C3). The new display will then be applied to other tires such as retreads.

What are the new features of the energy label?

The changes are not gigantic, but they will allow a better appreciation of the tire, starting with consumption and grip. These two data were classified from A to G and are now classified from A to E. Noise, on the other hand, is now categorized from A to C, in addition to being displayed in decibels (as before).

The new label also mentions the manufacturer’s data, the reference, the size, the class or the load and speed index. And on the label will also appear the pictograms for grip on ice or snow, as far as tires are concerned.

Finally, the labels have a QRCode that can be scanned to obtain all this information, as well as a few others such as the start and end dates of production.