Eco-friendly tyres? Most of us will be astonished to hear this and may wonder do eco-friendly tyres even exist? Yes, eco-friendly tyres do exist, thanks to technological advancement made in the 21st century with the increased importance for a sustainable source of energy. Most of the biggies in tyre manufacturing business have now made progress in this field in the quest to end the use of fossil resources in the production process.
Undoubtedly, green technology is now transforming the global automotive industry which is seen in the widespread availability of electric and hybrid vehicles. The green technology is as much pertinent to the tyres as for the cars. Green tyres are designed keeping in mind both the lightness and aerodynamics which are extremely necessary for having a strong grip on the road.
How Green Tyres Work
Eco-friendly tyres are made to reduce fuel consumption, which is affected by the rolling resistance of a tyre. As tyre treads on a surface, it creates friction. The more the friction, the higher is the fuel consumption. Green tyre reduces the amount of friction created by their movement. In other words, their lower rolling resistance means that the vehicles fitted with these types of tyres won’t consume much fuel while travelling.
Initiatives By Tyre Makers
Michelin is known to have pioneered the ‘green tyre’ initiative in the year 1992 and has now progressed on the solid foundation ever since. The latest tread patterns from the company are designed to last longer, thus reducing the amount of waste. A fine example can be seen in their state of the art range Tyre & Narrow which is specially designed for Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid, featuring long diameter and slender profile.
Japanese tyre major, Bridgestone is also making great strides with its Ecopia range of fuel-saving tyres. The company claims to save 5.7 percent fuel with these tyres. Bridgestone Ecopia tyres are made for touring, highway terrains and also for commercial bus and trucks.
German tyre maker Continental has been working on a special rubber that features 30 percent reduction in rolling resistance as compared to a standard tyre. Its ProContact tyres are made for comfortable road manners with ecology in focus. The company is also working on the technology to derive rubber from dandelion, a special plant that is considered a commercial viable substitute to natural latex. The dandelions can also be cultivated on infertile land, so it is beneficial in terms of both economy and ecology.
Pirelli is also working desperately in developing eco-friendly tyres. Its EcoImpact range of tyres, besides providing safety and performance, are designed to be eco-conscious with low noise and potential to return high mileage to the end consumer.
Decisive steps from manufacturers across the world are being taken in developing green tyres. And soon we can expect more and more tyre manufacturers joining this green bandwagon. Resulting in a future where we can witness less negative impact on our environment.