29 Jul '12, 9am

Soybean-Based Tires Could Reduce Global Oil Consumption:

Soybean-Based Tires Could Reduce Global Oil Consumption:

One of the world’s largest tire companies claims to have developed a plant-based vehicle tire that could deliver a better performance than conventional rubber tires , while also reducing consumption petroleum-based oil. Goodyear, which manufactures products in 22 countries around the world, said that by using soybean oil in tires, it can potentially increase tread life by 10 percent and reduce the tiremaker’s use of petroleum-based oil by up to seven million gallons each year. In recent months, the company has been testing rubber compounds made with soybean oil instead of petroleum oil. It found that the soybean oil blends more easily with the silica used in building tires. Goodyear claims this discover could improve plant efficiency and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions . Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: this is the ethanol debacle all over ...

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