By Oliver Hall
Toyo tyres have entered the race to develop the ultimate ‘green’ tyre with their new low rolling resistance tyres – using a world first polyester ply.
The new Proxes Ne tyres feature extremely low rolling resistance to cut fuel consumption and therefore reduce the CO2 emissions associated with driving.
The Japanese tyres maker have also taken their efforts to reduce carbon emissions a step further by incorporating a recycled polyester carcass ply into the product.
Toyo announced the use of ‘Ecocircle’ recycled polyester ply, developed by Teijin Fibers Ltd, is a way of reducing the energy and carbon used in the manufacturing process and is a world first.
The recycled material, along with a 15 per cent reduction in rolling resistance compared to the Proxes CF1, make the Prozes Ne one of the most environmentally friendly products on the road.
The new tyre is already available now if four ultra-mini orientated sizes designed to fit smaller vehicles, including the Smart car. A further six variations will be available in October.
Toyo is one of the world’s leading tyre producers, selling products in 80 countries. Each year its Japanese parent, Toyo Tyre and Rubber Company, invests around £57 million in research and development.