[Oeva-list] LRR or not?

Rick Durst Rick.Durst at pgn.com
Mon Jul 6 10:53:26 PDT 2015

I have been researching these myself.  I looked at Consumer reports which rated the Ecopia tires, Michelin Defender and Michelin Primacy as the best for low rolling resistance. So I decided on these.  

The Ecopia have a 65,000 mileage warranty unlike the ones that are on OEM cars, which a dealer told me were sub par/ basically a lower quality.   $135 each installed at A&A on 99E.

They have Michelin Defenders with a 90,000 mile warranty including road hazard and free roadside assistance  which is $150 each installed

I opted to order the Michelin Defender through Costco which are $134 installed right now if you get in on their sale.  The Airport way store has them in stok, I ordered online and am getting mine at the Clackamas location.

Rick Durst
Portland General Electric
Project Manager, Innovative Technologies
Transportation Electrification
Office 503-464-7631
Mobile 503-724-0958 

-----Original Message-----
From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] On Behalf Of Alan Batie
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2015 1:33 PM
Subject: [Oeva-list] LRR or not?

It's past time to replace the tires on my Leaf; one recommendation I see is for the Michelin Energy Saver A/S (http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=14072), which while apparently efficiency rated, is not Low Rolling Resistance.  The guy at Les Schwab says LRR tires have a rib around them that blocks the rain channels, so they have poor rain performance, which seems like a bad idea around here ;-) but with batteries down below 80%...  I'm wondering if the difference in range would be that significant?  He also said that worn out tires will be the most efficient because they're the smoothest.
 Thought I would get other's thoughts before I go in and spend $600-800...  He's recommending the Toyo Z900, which they keep in stock, at $159 vs 210 or so for the Michelin, which they don't.

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