Goodyear Presents Next Generation RunOnFlat Technology in Geneva
Goodyear has presented its latest generation of RunOnFlat tyre technology, which the company says will offer numerous benefits to both the consumer and the environment, including improved comfort, reduced mass and rolling resistance, increased fuel economy as well as reduced CO2 emission levels. Goodyear’s next generation RunOnFlat technology is currently in the Original Equipment approval process with leading car makers. Goodyear sold over 2.5 million RunOnFlat tyres in 2007.
Goodyear’s new generation RunOnFlat tyre technology provides additional comfort but also ensures less rolling resistance, which leads to less fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions. The new generation RunOnFlat tyres support automotive manufacturers to bring to market vehicles that adhere to stricter CO2 emission guidelines and limits set by European authorities.
Goodyear is currently also working on the development of an ultra-low rolling resistance RunOnFlat tyre with environmentally friendly materials. For this prestigious project Goodyear is working in close cooperation with two research partners: The Italian research company Novamont and the German car maker BMW. One of the project’s main tasks is to develop a new ‘bio’ filler as an alternative to traditional fillers used in tyres. This new filler, which will be made out of renewable resources like corn starch, may have a major environmental impact and lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions during its production process.