For decades, the automotive industry, both on an average driver and commercial level, has been searching for more efficient products. Tires have been a main concern for fleet managers and transportation directors as these products directly affect the performance of their corporate vehicles. Some average drivers are also interested in finding longer-lasting tires that are still affordable. Despite its absence from mainstream marketing, Nitrogen, one of the Earth’s most abundant elements, resolves these issues. Ken Lawton, CEO and Founder of GoNitroTire and NitroFleet99, two affiliated companies offering innovative tire solutions, offers his thoughts.

Nitrogen Tire Inflation FactsTo the surprise of many consumers and commercial operators in the automotive sector, nitrogen is a viable way to create ‘Hybrid Tires’. Nitrogen has been utilised by the airline industry and professional driving associations for several decades. However, it has yet to be adopted by the majority of society. Why is that? Despite being the best tire inflation medium, misinformation about nitrogen has been spread by tire salesmen and other individuals in the automotive industry. As a result, few people are confident enough to consider switching to this green alternative.

Nitrogen tires or hybrid tires offer several distinct benefits. Nitrogen permeates the tire slower than oxygen, ensuring that tire pressure is retained for longer. This can decrease the deterioration of rubber, reduce the frequency of tire pressure checks, and possibly improve fuel usage. Since Nitrogen improves tire pressure retention, it can also prevent blowouts and other types of damage. This is a critical benefit for private and commercial vehicles because no one wants to experience heightened maintenance costs.

Hybrid tires are particularly valuable for commercial fleets as they remain strong despite more intense wear, extreme weather conditions, or high speeds. Nitrogen is a more stable element compared to oxygen, which is why there are no consequences for topping nitrogen-filled tires with regular air. This is a great benefit for all individuals considering switching to nitrogen because they may not be able to transition all four tires to the element immediately.

Lawton explains some of the unique benefits of hybrid tires for private and commercial users as well as society. “Nitrogen is a unique element because it’s easy to obtain and it isn’t sold at a high price point,” he says. “When I speak to consumers about my company’s products or commercial fleet owners about our services, I continuously reference how Nitrogen can improve the tread-wear rate, reduce the number of tires purchased in a vehicle’s lifetime, and also have great societal benefits. Nitrogen is a more sustainable alternative to oxygen, meaning that widespread use could reduce transportation’s carbon footprint. This is very important because climate change is a major issue the world is racing to address. If Hybrid Tires become standard in the US, it can reduce fuel consumption, which would lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil.”

In the competitive landscape of tire manufacturing and supply chain solutions, GoNitroTire and NitroFleet99 have emerged with comprehensive solutions. GoNitroTire mainly serves consumers with high-quality products like Nitrogen-filled tires while NitroFleet99 caters to commercial fleets. NitroFleet99 offers a proprietary mobile tire inflation system. These solutions are one-of-a-kind to the industry, and provide the market with unmatched innovation.

Both companies were founded in 2008 as tire distributors and manufacturers of tire products for the automotive aftermarket. Throughout the years, GoNitroTire and NitroFleet99 have evolved with the market’s demands, building global relationships with governments and investors in various EU countries. They are always looking to produce more innovative products, which is why the companies are entering the Middle East market. Ken notes that this region is developing rapidly, producing a large need for the company’s hybrid solutions.

“The Middle East offers great opportunities for Nitrogen to become more widespread,” Lawton shares. “I believe that the climate, attitude toward futuristic projects, and an emphasis on car culture make the area a promising place to expand to. Our company is looking at the entire Middle East, but we are also specifically interested in seeking investors and possible buyers of the company and its library of intellectual property in the United Arab Emirates. Our advisory work along with our innovative carbon reduction technology through the use of Nitrogen in tires is an attractive proposition for major corporations in this area. This expansion will enable our company to transform the driving experience for commercial and private automotive users.”

Sustainable solutions like hybrid tires are poised to grow in demand within the coming years. Consumers and companies are working to reduce their carbon footprint, and nitrogen accommodates this transition for them. It also provides additional benefits that can improve a business’s bottom line and save consumers money at the shop and the pumps. As this transition into the ‘new energy economy’ continues, NitroFleet99 and GoNitroTire will remain a pioneer in the space.

solutions to saving energyThis is a guest post from Tim Smith. Tim writes about home improvement and energy efficiency for Modernize.

Government agencies and big industry face fleet-management problems that dwarf simple conservation techniques. Industry uses 25 percent of domestic energy for transportation costs, so finding holistic and sustainable solutions at all levels of manufacturing is essential for optimizing energy usage in the United States. Technologies that are changing the ways government and industry managers look at transportation and fleet management include hybrid cars, hybrid tires, cleaner biofuels, tanks that burn natural gas, hydrogen fuel cells and nitrogen tire inflation.

Reducing Fuel Consumption and Emissions

More people now live in urban areas than elsewhere, a dynamic that’s changed how people live, work and interact. Billions of people living in close proximity requires thoughtful solutions to reduce energy usage, lower harmful emissions and maximize limited resources.

Effects of Using High-purity Nitrogen in Tires

Nitrogen provides a sustainable solution for optimizing energy usage. Scientists and engineers have long known about the benefits of using pure nitrogen in tires, and the airline and NASCAR industries adopted the practice decades ago. Benefits of nitrogen inflation include:

● Delivering up to six percent better mileage than compressed air

● Reducing leakage from tires

● Minimizing rust in auto components, which is caused by the oxygen and moisture content of regular compressed air leaking from tires under high pressure

● Increasing lifespan of tires up to 30 percent by minimizing the harmful effects of oxygen on rubber

Bridgestone, Ford and Goodyear have conducted scientific research that proves nitrogen penetrates tires three or four times more slowly than corrosive air. Tires inflated with pure nitrogen get better mileage, deliver more even wear and increase auto safety.

Cutting-edge Companies and Technology

Businesses and government agencies can lead by example, and NitroFleet99 helps these companies adopt the technology, manage transportation fleets and invest in nitrogen-inflation technology that provides long-term cost and aesthetic benefits. About 70 percent of domestic fuel consumption is generated by the transportation industry, and fleets can save 6 percent in costs right off the top while reducing the 300 million abandoned tires each year by 30 percent.

Developing countries often have advantages when it comes to optimizing energy usage because it’s easier to design efficient systems from the gate than retrofit aging systems to reduce carbon footprints and maximize use of resources. Green transportation technologies for managing fleets are changing the dynamic, however, and companies like NitroFleet99 are providing new technologies that optimize energy use in holistic ways that cut energy use, reduce operating costs and minimize equipment wear. Working with senior management, the company helps its energy partners link energy practices with existing infrastructure and technologies, educate staff about energy savings opportunities and set realistic, evolving goals for reducing energy usage in all aspects of industry and transportation.

NitroFleet99, a company dedicated to the simple expedient of replacing the current tire-inflation systems with high-purity nitrogen, provides a working network of industry partnerships for exploring the benefits of using nitrogen in business and fleet-management applications. Safe, inexpensive and easy to maintain, tires inflated with nitrogen get better mileage and provide other holistic benefits. NitroFleet99 is working to establish a national infrastructure for inflating tires with pure nitrogen from coast to coast. Ideally, this innovation costs as little as $29.95 for filling four tires while generating substantial energy savings and longer lasting tires and auto components. Less wear means less waste in landfills from millions of pounds of rubber.


In view of the turmoil around the world and the U.S. dependence on foreign oil. NitroFleet99 has pioneered a Nitrogen service model and products that are now available. Previously only used by major industries such as NASCAR, the U.S. Military and the Airline industry, NitroFleet99 now provides nitrogen tire inflation to managed business fleets and consumers through the advanced technology products UltraFill99+ and TireXtender.

“The day has come for nitrogen tire inflation to be embraced in the public domain,” said NitroFleet99’s Founder and CEO Ken Lawton. “It is one of the best pieces of green technology to emerge in years, since our nitrogen services and products will further revolutionize the way people maintain their tires and improve their gas mileage in the long-term.”

Lawton has been invited by President Barack Obama and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Panel in Chicago, July 30 – August 1, to participate in their seminar on sustainable practices and carbon reduction for future generations.

With gas prices still fluctuating wildly due to world economy’s, it’s no surprise Fleet Supervisors and Consumers are looking for an effective way to reduce their dependency on oil. But do they know it’s as easy as changing the type of air that’s in their tires? A recent study by the Ford Motor Company found that the average truck driver saves 3% yearly on gas by converting to nitrogen in their tires, and extends tire wear over the life of their tires by up to 30%

In addition, according to Rubber Manufacturers Association, only one in five drivers check their tire pressure properly. A tire can be 30%-40% deflated and still maintain a normal appearance. Tires inflated with nitrogen feature larger molecules than conventional air to push against the internal walls, effectively maintaining proper pressure and extending the tire’s life up to 30% longer. The Environmental Protection Agency has also recently determined that keeping one’s tires properly inflated can save the average driver over 10 cents a gallon on gas alone. Just as an engine benefits from proper maintenance and top-offs, nitrogen tire inflation provides this same benefit for tires.

About Nitrofleet99

Ken Lawton is the founder and C.E. O. of NitroFleet99, a six-year-old company helping consumers and managed fleets to improve their tire performance through safer, longer lasting tires and improved fuel economy, creating in effect HYBRID TIRES.

No changes need to be made to the vehicle or tire, as the technology is designed to quickly fill automobile and truck tires, large and small. Versatility in varied climates further sets our technology apart from other Nitrogen systems that are membrane-based.

TireXtender is an aerosol top-off product that enables owners of nitrogen-inflated tires to easily maintain high Nitrogen purity, important for the optimal benefits of improved fuel economy, tire wear and ease of maintenance. Analogous to the quart of oil owners use to maintain optimal efficiency and performance with their engines, TireXtender and NitroFleet99 provide the winning combination for peak performance in all inflated tires.


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Hybrid Tires and a Network of Nitrogen Services

On March 28, 2013, in Hybrid Tires, by allisonmreilly

hybrid tiresTransportation accounts for almost 70% of  the fuel consumption in the United States. The vehicles we drive, whether for business or for personal use, represent the best potential for improving our energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy, drivers spend 3.7 billion hours sitting in traffic every year, wasting over 2.3 billion gallons of fuel in the bumper-to-bumper mess and costing the economy $78 billion.

This compelling evidence has prompted NitroFleet99 to foster partnerships with the Clean Cities Coalition, the National Association of Fleet Administrators [NAFA], the Environmental Protection Agency, and the DOE in order to  recognize the need for better solutions for managed fleets. After all, there has to be a way to improve that, a way that’s more than carpooling, driving less, and purchasing brand new vehicles with improved gas mileage.

Is There a Solution?

Nitrogen tire inflation has been widely used for decades by the airlines, big industry and professional motor sports such as NASCAR. Since nitrogen is different from compressed air, – it’s use in tires has been evaluated independently for it’s effect on rubber. Tires companies such as Bridgestone, Goodyear, and Ford have concluded from their research that nitrogen permeates through a tire wall between three and four times more slowly than compressed air – which is actually 76% Nitrogen, 23% Oxygen [which contains moisture and is the enemy of
rubber] and 1% trace minerals.

The benefits that nitrogen tires offer: more evenly inflated tires that retain pressure longer, a better fuel economy by up to 6%, and increased life of the tire (whether new or used). A tire converted to nitrogen will last up to 30% longer, thereby reducing the environmental impact of the over 300 million worn tire casings that are disposed of in landfills and bodies of water around the
world every year.

What’s Nitrofleet99 Doing about This?

As part of the EPA’s Green Gas Station model for the future, NitroFleet99 is providing nitrogen systems to five model sites in California and Texas that feature LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certified buildings and alternative fuels. GoNitroTire is working to create a network of Nitrogen service providers across the U.S. under the NitroFleet99 brand to provide a uniform nitrogen services network for both consumers and the fleet community. By 2015, there will be 59 metropolitan areas with populations greater than 5 million – up 50% from just 2001. In 2007, the world crossed a epochal threshold – for the first time in history the majority of the human population lives in cities, changing the way individuals and businesses travel and manage their tires. This will be done through hybrid tires and nitrogen tire inflation, and at a reasonable cost. A passenger vehicle will cost about $29.95 for all four tires to be converted to nitrogen in just five to 10 minutes time.

A Network of Nitrogen Services is Possible

The cities of Kansas City, Mo., Kirkwood Mo., and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have already chosen nitrogen tire inflation and have already decided that it is a better alternative to air. It’s only a matter of time before others make that choice, decreasing pollution and our dependence on foreign oil while increase our energy security and our chances for a better energy future. President Obama, before his last inauguration, called for Americans to manage their tire pressure on their vehicles more carefully and to help ensure a better fuel economy. Will you listen?

trucking industry going greenThe trucking industry is vital to just about everything. The produce at your grocery store, the new television at Best Buy, and the new cars at the dealership all get where they need to be because of trucks. Despite their overall importance to the economy, the way the industry works has remained largely unchanged for decades. One of the ways they haven’t changed is in their fuel efficiency and consumption, and this post on GreenUnite offers three ways the trucking industry can go green. However, the article missed a fourth way the trucking industry can go green, a way that is so much easier to implement than the three mentioned in the article. That way is nitrogen tire inflation.

Nitrogen tire inflation is the process of using nitrogen in tires instead of regular air, and with the right equipment, it can be implemented in a managed fleet more quickly and easily than reducing speed (truckers are on tight deadlines, and can’t afford to waste precious time by going slow, or to lose business for slower deliveries), using alternative fuels (the truck takes what the truck takes. Hybrid 18-wheelers aren’t yet on the market, and until they are, this isn’t possible), or building a more aerodynamic truck (again, until one comes on the market, nothing’s changing). The great thing about nitrogen tire inflation as a way for managed fleets and the trucking industry to go green is that it is something that individual fleets or trucking companies can do on their own, and tomorrow. The technology already exists, and a single fleet can purchase this technology and do their part to go green without waiting for legislation, or innovators, or the industry to make changes themselves.

Nitrogen tire inflation helps a managed fleet or trucking company go green in two ways: improving fuel efficiency and improving tire life. The process of using nitrogen in tires has been found to improve fuel efficiency between three and six percent because nitrogen is able to maintain proper tire pressure for a longer period of time. Three to six percent improvement may not seem like a lot, but for a managed fleet of several hundred or thousand vehicles, that equals a lot of savings in fuel and transportation costs. If anything, improved fuel efficiency should be enough of a reason to go green, because it’s a way to go green while saving green

Nitrogen also improves tire life because it’s not necessarily nitrogen that’s so special, but it’s the oxygen and water vapor in compressed air that’s damaging to tires. Oxygen reacts with the tire rubber, causing it to deteriorate over a long period of time. An improvement in tire life could mean that managed fleets could get one more retread out of each tire. The water vapor can also do damage to the wheel studs by rusting them over time. Water vapor is also much more reactive to temperature, causing tire pressure to fluctuate. The tires will warm up after a drive, and could be read as overinflated if tire pressure is taken right after getting off the road. This means that the driver will release the pressure, making them underinflated. This can make the tires unsafe to drive on by putting them at risk for flats and blowouts.

How does a managed fleet or trucking company get involved with nitrogen tire inflation? Nitrofleet99 is a the only nitrogen tire inflation firm in the country that services managed fleets, and will work with your fleet or your company to create a strategy within your maintenance infrastructure so that every single one of your vehicles will receive nitrogen in their tires when they go through regular maintenance. Nitrofleet99 will also teach you how to use the technology, and will provide enough for your fleet whether its five vehicles or 5000 vehicles.

managed fleet

A managed fleet like this can save a lot of money with nitrogen tire inflation.

A boost in equipment and maintenance doesn’t necessarily need a brand new device or technology. Sometimes, a great change can come from doing something differently.

That’s the case with nitrogen tire inflation, the practice of inflating tires with nitrogen instead of compressed air. Nitrogen has been used by the airline industry and NASCAR for decades, and has only recently begun to make its way into the trucking industry.

“The two largest costs for trucking fleets are tires and fuel,” said Ken Lawton, CEO of Nitrofleet99. Nitrofleet99, based in Brentwood, Tenn., is a nitrogen tire inflation systems firm that has worked with various trucking fleets around the country.

“Managed fleets are the biggest beneficiaries of nitrogen tire inflation,” Lawton said. “By using nitrogen, there is an increase in fuel economy and an improvement in mileage and carbon emissions.”

Air is already 78 percent nitrogen, but it’s not necessarily the nitrogen that improves tire performance. It’s the other 21 percent of the air that’s the problem. That other 21 percent includes oxygen and water vapor. The oxygen reacts with the rubber, destroying it over time. The water vapor makes the tire more susceptible to temperature changes, causing the tire pressure to fluctuate. The nitrogen used is a dry gas that isn’t affected by the rubber or the temperature changes.

That’s the exact philosophy behind Wood County Bandag, a truck tire retreading company in Bowling Green, Ohio. President Jim Keiser said that a client mentioned the idea eight years ago, and now utilizes nitrogen in every single tire retreaded and every single tire in its own fleet of 16 vehicles.

“There isn’t one reason for a trucking company not to be using it,” Keiser said. “There’s a whole list of benefits, and it saves them money.”

Keiser explained the temperature buildup that takes place as trucks spend the long hours driving affects the air pressure as well as the quality of the ride. As air-filled tires warm up, they increase in pressure, so much so that the driver “feels each bump like there are stones underneath the tire.”

“The temperature builds up as the tire has less pressure,” Keiser said. “The road running temperature of a tire is 190 degrees. If the tire gets up to 250 degrees, it will fail within an hour. At 275 degrees, it will fail catastrophically.”

Ever since Wood County Bandag implemented nitrogen, Keiser said that the fail rate of those tires is exponentially lower. That’s something that trucking fleets around the country are noticing.

“You get a more consistent tire pressure,” said Dave Kuppler, Group Manager of Health and Environmental Services for the City of St. Peters, Mo. “They aren’t working at optimum if the tire pressure is low.”

The City of St. Peters started using nitrogen tire inflation five years ago on its entire fleet of 261 vehicles, which includes everything from police cars to solid waste trucks. The city noticed that the tires on its vehicles kept on coming in with low tire pressures.

“With nitrogen, we use less tires and gas and it saves money,” Kuppler said. “The tire pressure is better, which is also better for safety.”

Chad Sanders, Founder of N2Generator, agreed that nitrogen tire inflation can lower the risk of a blowout because the nitrogen maintains proper tire pressure three to four times longer with less fluctuation than regular air. N2Generator is a nitrogen systems dealer based in Woodstock, Ga. that primarily works with automotive dealerships, but has also worked with smaller trucking fleets.

“If a fleet owner sees a 20 percent increase in tire life and a seven percent increase in fuel economy, that’s upwards of a million dollars in savings,” Sanders said.

How does nitrogen maintain proper tire pressure longer than air? The air molecules are three to four times smaller than nitrogen, so they have harder time migrating through the casing. Also, as mentioned previously, the fact that the nitrogen used is a dry, inert gas also makes a difference in maintaining proper tire pressure.

Proper tire pressure and improved mileage were the exact things that Allied Republic found when it conducted a test of nitrogen tire inflation on a small portion of its fleet. The original testing was conducted in the fall of 2008, when a regional vice president thought that the new technology was worth exploring. Allied Republic has over 60,000 vehicles in its fleet, and now uses nitrogen in the tires of every single one of them.

“The original testing we did across 300 [trucks] in service and new trucks in our fleet showed us that after 90 days of monthly preventative maintenance, fuel usage improved by one to two percent on new trucks and between three to four percent on in service trucks,” said Robert McClellon, General Manager for Allied Republic. “We were all pretty amazed.”

A few percentage points may not seem like a lot of benefit, but for a fleet of 60,000, a few percentage points can add up to immense savings. It might not be the seven percent that Sanders said, but with gas at all-time highs, and fuel approximately 25 percent of the costs of an average trucking fleet, every little bit of savings can affect the bottom line.

“This is a chance to have a better maintenance program,” said Lawton of Nitrofleet99. “The bigger the fleet, the bigger the benefit.”


Nitrogen Tire Inflation

Nitrogen tire inflation is a good way to add sustainability and energy management to your managed fleet.

Nitrogen in tires not only does well for the bottom line of a managed fleet, but it also helps with energy management and sustainability. If managed fleets want to add a hybrid tires or going green branding/spin to their company and its services, then nitrogen tire inflation can provide that benefit as well.

Nitrogen in tires can help a managed fleet go green in three ways: fuel efficiency, extended tire life, and carbon emission reduction. Carbon emission reduction comes from the improvement in fuel efficiency, while extended tire life means that each tire lasts longer, and fewer of them will end up in landfills. Obviously, the improvement in fuel efficiency in and of itself is good for the environment. The less fossil fuels used, the better.

Why should managed fleets care about energy management and sustainability? Is this something that customers and shareholders care about? Would this even be something that a company board of directors or a CEO will care about? Maybe for a managed fleet, going green for the sake of going green may not mean a whole lot. However, going green (especially with the practice of putting nitrogen in tires) can cut significant fuel and maintenance costs. That is something that customers, shareholders, a board of directors, and a CEO will all consider a good thing.

In fact, this type of energy management will not only cuts costs, but those cut costs mean additional funds for hiring more people, updating facilities, improving company infrastructure, or even lowering prices for your customers. All that sounds like win-win for everyone! To think all that can come from one simple change from air tire inflation to nitrogen tire inflation.

Nitrofleet99 is the only nitrogen tire inflation firm that’s dedicated to serving managed fleets with nitrogen tire inflation services and equipment. For pricing on nitrogen products and services, please contact us.

nitrogen tire inflationWe at Nitrofleet99 ask this question because a quick online search of keyphrases like “nitrogen tire inflation”, “nitrogen for tires”, and “nitrogen in tires” reveals that there isn’t a whole lot of recent news regarding the practice. Most articles that come up in the results are from 2007 or 2008. Other than the articles that we’ve written on this blog or for other news sites, one of the most recent that we found was on a finance blog from 2010 (will respond to this specific article in an upcoming post).

So, what’s the news with the news? How did nitrogen tire inflation become a ‘passing fad’, when many managed fleets, auto repair shops, and auto dealerships are utilizing nitrogen, or are offering it to their customers? How did awareness of the benefits of nitrogen fall under the radar, especially when it seems that more and more people are learning about the practice, and discussing it on blogs and forums?

Unfortunately, we don’t know the answers to those questions, but we do know that with gas prices increasing (will also discuss in a later post), consumers need new ways in order to cut costs. We do know that the practice is becoming more common, and the use of nitrogen more pervasive, so nitrogen tire inflation is worth discussing for the sake of education. We also know that if someone doesn’t take the time to put the right information out there regarding nitrogen tire inflation, we are only providing the opportunity for nitrogen myths and misinformation to get out there and to control the conversation.

There hasn’t been a lot from us in the past few weeks, but we aren’t giving up on the conversation of hybrid tires and tire maintenance practices quite yet. Prepare to see a lot more from us in the future.



hybrid tiresA Green Technology that Simply Requires a Change in Behavior

Studies from several major tire companies, including Ford and Goodyear, show that nitrogen tire inflation is a green technology by extending the life of the tire and improving fuel efficiency. Nashville-based GoNitroTire is one of the few companies in the United States to offer nitrogen tire inflation, and hybrid tires.

GoNitroTire’s solution in transportation enables the delivery of the value of nitrogen to fleet managers and consumers as an inflation medium for vehicles of every size. High purity nitrogen has been widely used in tires for decades by NASCAR and the airline industry. One part of this solution is the understanding of nitrogen’s benefits as a safe, inexpensive and easy way to maintain in a tire.

“The day has come for nitrogen tire inflation to be embraced in the public domain and we can offer the national infrastructure this service,” said Ken Lawton, founder and CEO of GoNitroTire. “We believe American businesses have the responsibility to lead by example, Nitrogen’s use in managed fleets saves money, time and is environmentally responsible.”

As an emerging green technology, nitrogen tire inflation creates Hybrid Tirestm, providing another important means towards better energy management.  The objective of GoNitroTire is to be part of the solution – NOT the waste and pollution. By improving gas mileage up to six percent and extending tire wear up to 30 percent; GoNitroTire and NitroFleet99 are pioneers in products and services for nitrogen inflated tires. Our national service network provides managed fleets, both large and small, with the opportunity to convert and to maintain their vehicles easily.

About GoNitroTire

GoNitroTire mandate is simple: provide a national infrastructure of nitrogen service sites, through which managed fleets of all sizes could convert and maintain their vehicle tires with the nitrogen needed to maintain their hybrid tires. is associated with the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Coalition, a national environmental advocacy organization that supports the use of green technology.

How a Nitrogen Tire System Works

On February 2, 2012, in Managed Fleets, Nitrogen Tire Inflation, by allisonmreilly

There’s a lot content out there on the debate of nitrogen tire inflation, whether it’s worth the costs, what the benefits are etc. But, there isn’t a whole lot out there that discusses how a nitrogen tire system works, or even shows what these systems look like. Until now.

Nitrogen tire systems, like the Nitrofleet99 one showcased in the picture, utilizes a molecular sieve to pull the nitrogen right out of the air. A molecular sieve is a material containing tiny pores of a precise and uniform size that is used as an adsorbent for gases and liquids. With the sieve, the system pulls the nitrogen right out of the air, getting the good stuff without any of the negative components that can do damage to tires. Although these systems come with storage tanks so they can be used whenever necessary, a nitrogen tire system doesn’t require the additional purchase of the nitrogen gas in order to work. The system then connects to the tires via the nitrogen lines, as shown in the picture, to fill them up with pure nitrogen.

A nitrogen tire system can purge four to six tires of regular air, and refill them with nitrogen in about seven minutes. The system can also be used to top off tires with nitrogen. The Nitrofleet99 nitrogen tire system in particular comes with an additional wheel mounted cart, that can be used in parking lot, in a shop, or when multiple vehicles need to fill up with nitrogen. This is a great option for managed fleets who work with more than one vehicle during any maintenance check. The cart has a 30-gallon storage tank, as well as a 10-hour rechargeable battery, while the stationary system has 150-gallon tank. Because the Nitrofleet99 system already comes with its own storage tanks, a managed fleet doesn’t have to purchase additional tanks in order to fill all its fleet vehicles. The storage tank on the car allows it to work without it being connected to the main system.

That, in a nutshell, is how a nitrogen tire system works. It can fill up all four tires as once, saving consumers and managed fleets a lot of time, and come with a portable cart so managed fleets can fill multiple vehicles as once, instead of purchasing tons of machines or storage capacity.

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