Goodyear Tires Could Power Electric Cars
Who knew a concept tire could look this cool, and at the same time, positively impact the environment. Our hats are off to the R&D staff at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company responsible for this innovative, first-of-its-kind thinking.
The concept product, called BHO3, and revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, “offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tire into electrical energy.”
According to Green Car Reports, Goodyear says the BHO3 can harness heat created by flexing under normal driving conditions, increasing the efficiency of electric vehicles. This could be a boon for car manufacturers who are searching for ways to extend the range of large, electric batteries, similar to how regenerative braking stretches the length of a battery charge.
The company also announced a new tire called “triple tube,” which automatically adjusts its own air pressure based on road conditions through its three internal tubes. Reinventing the tire so it is more closely integrated with a car’s computer and memory systems seems like a natural progression in automotive engineering.