ERJ staff report (TP)
Tokyo − Bridgestone revealed today its second generation “Air Free Concept (Non-Pneumatic) Tire” at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, reported Automotive World.
The revolutionary new design features improved load-bearing capabilities, environmental design and driving performance. The latest improvements to the “Air Free Concept Tire” brings Bridgestone one step closer to a viable, commercially available air free tire.
With a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of the tires supporting the weight of the vehicle, there is no need to periodically refill the tires with air, meaning that the tires require less maintenance. At the same time the worry of punctures is eliminated. In addition, the spoke structure is made from thermoplastic resin and, along with the rubber in the tread portion, the materials used in the tires are recyclable, contributing to the efficient use of resources.
Further, by pursuing extremely low rolling resistance and contributing to reductions in CO2 emissions through use of proprietary technologies, Bridgestone believes it is possible to achieve even higher levels of environmental friendliness and safety. Bridgestone is pursuing this technological development with the aim of achieving a “cradle to cradle” process that proactively maximises the cyclical use of resources from worn tires into new tires and the use of recyclable resources.
The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 opened on 20 November and ends 1 December.
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