Goodyear’s black tyres Go Green !!!
Albert Einstein’s theory states, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” The leading tyre & rubber company Goodyear has evidently taken inspiration from this theory. The company has recently unveiled two new concept tyres that could power electric cars and automatically adjust its own air pressure based on road conditions.
The company unveiled the new prototypes at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show.
The first concept called BHO3 offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rotating tyre into electrical energy. The energy would be created by heat when it contracts as it rolls during normal driving conditions, generating energy that can be transformed from one state to another, providing electricity. The material used would elevate the tire’s electricity generation abilities as well as its spinning resistance.
The second concept named Triple Tube will contain three tubes that will adjust tire inflation pressure according to changing road conditions.
Conventionally the role of car tyres has been to provide safety, performance and a smoother ride while taking in the hard hits of variable driving conditions the cars may come across. Goodyear’s senior vice president and Chief Technical Officer, Joe Zekoski said in a statement, “These concept tyres re-imagine the role that tyres may play in the future. We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile.”
With Goodyear releasing its concept tyres, dedicated to charging electric vehicles, we may perhaps see immense shift of emphasis for this often neglected part of the automobile. The whole technology is not just new but sounds equally promising.
This new phenomenon is sure to help conserve fuel. Goodyear is surely a trend setter as this unique concept could radically transform the way cars travel in future.