Turning Plants into Tires

What would it be like to drive your car on tires made of plants? No, really. I mean it. Has anything in your history of knowing things suggest to you that this is a good idea? Biomass researchers are extracting rubber from sagebrush and dandelions to produce a smoothie-like sludge similar to a protein milkshake you might see a bodybuilder guzzle after a totally gnarly workout. And this eco-friendly rubber … Continue reading

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Not for green tires anyway. Did you know that people looking to replace their tires choose longevity and price over fuel efficiency? Low rolling resistance tires get no love. These tires reduce wasted energy as they roll, which also reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Save your money, save your planet! Win-win! Even though green tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to 4.5%, car owners are less interested in … Continue reading

Name 4 Ways Tires are Like Donuts

They’re both round (that’s one). They both have a hole in the center (two). They can both roll (three). Stumped for the fourth? If Michelin has a say, they’ll both contain sugar! Sugar? Yes, Michelin has partnered with sugar producer Tereos Group to create a tire using sugar. The two companies are working to transform “agricultural raw materials into alcohol to fuel the tire maker’s ‘BioButterfly’ [sic] biosourced butadiene production … Continue reading

Michelin Turns Yellowstone Green

This isn’t your usual “green tires” story. Michelin North America Inc. has just renewed a five-year partnership with Yellowstone National Park to help the park reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and its fleet and road maintenance budget. Michelin originally made the agreement to assist Yellowstone with its tire replacement needs after a 2007 study commissioned by the Yellowstone Park Foundation examined the park’s greenhouse gas levels. Michelin started the partnership … Continue reading

Renewable Tires By 2020?

I’m feeling like we’re on the cutting edge here at The Right Lane. We’ve brought you a few articles focused on environmentally friendly endeavors in the automotive world. Automakers are actively reducing manufacturing waste, and green tires are on the rise. We’ve even written about tires made from dandelions. Now, executives at Continental Tire have given us an estimated timeline. Boris Mergell, head of material and process engineering says that … Continue reading