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Michelin Tweel to Supply Mean Green Electric Mower Line


Greenville, SC, August 23, 2018

Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing a new 26-inch airless radial tire with a four-bolt wheel-pattern hub designed for use on UTV’s that will initially be sold as a fitment for the replacement market. Originally designed for military special operations use on light-tactical vehicles, the MICHELIN® X TWEEL® UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire is a single unit that replaces the current pneumatic tire/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, thus eliminating the need to carry spare tires, tools or repair kits.

Michelin’s revolutionary X® Tweel® line is now available on select Mean Green Mowers – makers of the first all-electric, zero-turn-radius (ZTR) commercial mower.

The Mean Green Stalker stand-on ZTR model will be equipped with MICHELIN® X® TWEEL TURF 18-inch drive wheels, and the CXR-60 ride-on ZTR will be fitted with MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF 24-inch drive wheels.

"In 2008, we decided there was a better way to build a zero-turn mower. We designed an electric mower that is much quieter, produces zero emissions, has minimal routine maintenance and demonstrates fuel savings," said Joe Conrad, president of Mean Green Mowers. "Our collaboration with Michelin continues our environmental journey."

In addition, the 24-inch X TWEEL TURF is also available as a replacement fitment for Mean Green 52-inch and 60-inch ride-on mowers, replacing a standard 24x12x12 tire. The 13-inch caster airless radial tires are available for the front fitment. The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF reduces downtime and is maintenance free.

"In working with the Mean Green team, we were able to assist them in furthering their innovation and sustainability of commercial electric mowers," said Olivier Brauen, vice president of Michelin Tweel Technologies.

The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF airless radial tire has a consistent hub height which helps ensure the mower deck produces an even cut. The full-width poly-resin spokes provide excellent lateral stability for outstanding side hill performance, while the unique design of the spokes helps dampen the ride for enhanced operator comfort, even when navigating over curbs and other bumps.

About MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.

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Mary Ann Kotlarich
Michelin North America
864-458-4884
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