By Denna Bowman
An airless concept tyre that could prove to be a viable and more environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional tyres in the future has been developed by Bridgestone.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer’s Environmental Mission Statement outlines its goal to help contribute to a more sustainable society, with particular emphasis on three areas – ecological conservation, resource conservation and reduction of carbon emissions.
In support of the Mission, Bridgestone is working on various projects, like the non-pneumatic tyre, that will ultimately contribute to a healthier environment for not just current, but also future generations.
Non-pneumatic tyres have a lesser impact on the environment than today’s conventional tyres, but previously such concept tyres have been impractical to produce for the mass market. Bridgestone developed this technology with the aim of practical implementation.
With a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of the tyres supporting the weight of the vehicle, there is no need to periodically refill the tyres with air, meaning that the tyres require less maintenance.
The tyre eliminates the worry of punctures is eliminated. In addition, the spoke structure within the tyre is made from reusable thermoplastic resin*1, and along with the rubber in the tread portion, the materials used in the tyres are 100 percent recyclable. As a result, the tyres set a new standard in terms of environmental friendliness, safety and comfort.