Goodyear tires made with soybean oil tests underway, to be available in early 2015By Angel Cuala on Jul 25, 2012 in Business, Environment, United States •
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company announced on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 its plans to produce tires made with soybean oil, which is being expected to be available in the market in early 2015, and promises to be helpful not only to customers but to also to the environment.
Goodyear tires tread check
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According to a press release by Goodyear Tires on its official website that day, the company is currently developing tires made with soybean oil, saying that their researchers have tested and proven that soybean oil can help extend tread life and reduce the amount of petroleum-based oil used in tires.
As noted in the report, United Soybean Board (USB) is providing a $500,000 grant to Goodyear Tires for over two years, to help the tire company in conducting further tests. Prototype tires with soybean oil will be tested at Goodyear‘s Proving Grounds in San Angelo, Texas in the coming months.
“Goodyear is committed to caring for the environment and communities, and use of soybean oil is proving to be another way to accomplish this goal.” Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear‘s chief technical officer, was quoted at Goodyear.com.
“Consumers benefit through improved tread life, Goodyear gains with increased efficiency and energy savings and we all win whenever there is a positive impact on the environment.” Kihn added, with the project being expected to save up to 7 million gallons of petroleum-based oil a year.
Goodyear Tires added that a tire made with soybean oil will be displayed at The Ford Motor Company‘s research center in Dearborn, Michigan, on August 6-7, 2012, as part of an event to be sponsored by the USB; saying that this project is only among the initiatives the tire company is doing to increase its use of renewable raw materials.
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