Bridgestone Corporation will supply solar car tyres to 32 teams participating in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC), for which Bridgestone is the naming rights sponsor. The narrow, wide diameter tyres utilise Bridgestone’s ‘Ecopia with ologic’ fuel-efficient tyre technology.
Bridgestone is limbering up to launch a new generation of Ecopia truck and bus tyres at this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles show. The tyre maker will also share the message that its truck and bus tyres will begin to be supplied with RFID electronic tagging systems as of next year.
Bridgestone tyres are being fitted as standard equipment on Honda’s new fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell. The hydrogen-powered vehicle was introduced at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and launched in Japan last month, and wears the Bridgestone Ecopia EP160 in size 235/45R18 94W. Honda intends to introduce the Clarity Fuel Cell into selected European markets this year.
Bridgestone products are to be found in abundance on the new Toyota Prius, and not just fitted to the wheels. In addition to wearing Ecopia and Turanza tyres as original equipment, the latest-generation Toyota hybrid will come with Bridgestone seat pads and anti-vibration equipment.
Australian actor and professed car enthusiast Shane Jacobson has signed up to be an ambassador for the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. In this role he will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the event, which will see 46 teams from 25 countries make the solar-powered journey from Darwin to Adelaide.