Green Vehicle Tires Created from Plants

Peachy Green, June 28, 2010

When it comes to building a greener, more eco-friendly car, manufacturers have incorporated a number of measures (increasing fuel efficiency, using recyclable materials, cutting down on wind or road resistance and more).  Yet tires have been made of the same general substance for decades: petroleum.  Until now.

Green vehicle tires created from plants have been created at several research labs and some are even hitting the market.  Sumitomo Rubber Industries (partnering with Goodyear) introduced the Enasave tire in Japan in 2006.  The amount of synthetic rubber was cut in half from its previous models, comprising a total of only 11% of the tire.

Similarly at Yokohama Tire, scientists created 80% petroleum-free tires in its Yokohama dB Super E-spec, which uses oil from orange peels in its processing.  Talk about recycling!  The orange peels are shipped to the tire manufacturing plant from orange juice factories in Japan!  You can buy these tires right here in the U.S. too!  Just ask your local retailer if they carry them. (read more)