Goodyear shows the future at tyre expo in Cologne

Brian Joss – The futuristic ‘Oxygene’ photosynthesis tyre, that symbolises Goodyear’s vision for clean mobility in the cities of the future, impressed the entire jury at this year’s Creative Awards and won in the category ‘Best Green Idea’.

“The much-coveted Creative Award acknowledges our company’s innovative power, as we are working towards the mobility solutions of tomorrow,” summarizes Jürgen Titz, Goodyear’s Chairman of the DACH. With real moss in the sidewall, the ‘Oxygene’ tyres trigger the process of photosynthesis to match the manufacturer’s vision for better air quality in cities of the future. The benefits of using these tyres? Saburo Miyabe, Chief Engineer at Goodyear Germany: “If around 2.5 million cars would drive on moss tyres in a city like Paris, there would be around 3,000 tonnes more oxygen and 4,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide in the air.” 

Clean start to the future 

The prototype of the ‘EfficientGrip Performance’ with ‘Electric Drive Technology’ – a tyre especially designed to meet the specific demands of the growing market of electric vehicles – will also be showcased in Germany. The high-tech tyre will be on European roads by 2019. Miyabe explains the technology behind this: “The tyre compensates better for the high torque of electric vehicles and is exceptionally quiet. The tyre is also able to counter the additional weight of the battery and scores with its extremely low rolling resistance, which increases the range of electric vehicles.

Other highlights for cars include the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, in which the manufacturer also provides a design for SUVs.

The Tyre Cologne is a new trade fair for tyres and wheels which ends on June 1 in Cologne, Germany. The four-day event is a business- and trend trade fair, and includes trade congresses, special and other events.

CAPTION: The future: Goodyear Germany Chief Engineer, Saburo Miyabe with the futuristic ‘Oxygene’ photosynthesis tyre

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