New tyre technology that will significantly improve fuel efficiency has been unveiled by ExxonMobil in the USA. The company has announced the launch of a new facility, on its site in Pensacola, Florida, which will concentrate on new tyre-material technology.
According to Art Sullivan, vice president of ExxonMobil Chemical Butyl Polymers Business, “Tyre inner liners made with the new material, Exxcore dynamically vulcanized alloy (DVA), achieve leading-edge air retention with less material. This reduces air loss between fillings and helps conserve energy and resources for future generations”.
Exxcore DVA delivers better fuel economy courtesy of improved retention of tyre pressure, coupled with lower rolling resistance. This could have a huge impact on fuel consumption and could further reduce CO2 emissions. As such, it is a further indication of the growing awareness, amongst tyre manufacturers, of the importance of developing green initiatives within the tyre industry.
The Yokohama Rubber Co, ExxonMobil’s development partner hopes to begin manufacturing the Exxcore DVA tyres later in the year.