Today, OEMs are under increased pressure to reduce the CO2 emitted by their vehicles. However, tyre maker Bridgestone has revealed its latest solution to achieving those goals with the launch of a new innovative lightweight tyre technology, entitled ‘Enliten’.
According to Bridgestone, the technology reduces the rolling resistance of a passenger tyre by 20 per cent and enables passenger tyres to be reduced in weight by 10 per cent.
This enables tyres with embedded Enliten technology to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in combustion vehicles, while also extending battery life and vehicle range in electric vehicles.
This also ensures that less raw materials are used to manufacture the tyres, but also contributes to the reduced rolling resistance.
Bridgestone will soon be announcing partnerships that will see Enliten technology applied to vehicles in the European market.
The technology combines a proprietary compound mix that enables improved wear performance and a decreased tread depth, a reduced and reinforced inner liner thickness, and a new dedicated mould design concept.
Paolo Ferrari, CEO and President Bridgestone EMEA said that Enliten is “a great step forward” in working towards its long-term environmental vision to manufacture products from raw materials that are fully renewable and sustainable by 2050 and beyond.