Michelin North America Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, has announced that Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, is outfitting its fleet of maintenance vehicles exclusively with Michelin X-Tweel airless radial tires, making it the first known “X-Tweel-only” campus in the United States.
Liberty University is home to more than 15,000 student residents. To maintain its 7,000-acre campus, the university uses about 75 utility vehicles and golf carts and 25 zero-turn mowers for landscape and grounds maintenance, snow removal, security patrol, garbage and recycling, athletic field maintenance, student and guest transport as well as other tasks.
“Liberty University keeps very detailed records of its vehicle maintenance and looks at the cost of operation long term,” says Kallie Golicher, B2B territory business manager for Michelin. “It was important for the university to find a long-term, cost-effective solution for its vehicle tire-maintenance program.”
“Michelin provided tread wear reports to us, comparing our first Michelin airless tires to the bias tires we had been using,” said Chris Bettez, the university’s transportation shop foreman. “When the university factored in flat repairs and life expectancy of bias-ply pneumatic tires compared with Michelin X-Tweels, the X-Tweels were hands-down the better value. This move will reduce vehicle maintenance requirements and the long-term cost of operation.”