Company Tests Environmentally-Friendly Airless Tires

July 30, 2012
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Company Tests Environmentally-Friendly Airless Tires

Bridgestone  are developing an airless concept tire that could prove to be a more  environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pneumatic tires in the  future. The tire features a band of rubber tread around of web of thermoplastic  spokes that radiate from the center aluminum wheel. The spokes are stiff enough  to avoid vibration (which wastes energy), yet soft enough to provide a  comfortable ride.

Bridgestone's Environmentally-Friendly Airless Tires

These airless tires have a lesser impact on the environment and would make  vehicles more efficient. They reduce rolling resistance (thus saving fuel),  require less maintenance (as there is no need to refill them with air), no worry  of punctures, and the materials used are 100% recyclable. Bridgestone is  currently testing eight-inch-diameter airless tires for vehicles like carts and  forklifts, while also developing a larger test version

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