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Soybean-Based Tires Could Reduce Global Oil Consumption

Soybean-Based Tires Could Reduce Global Oil Consumption

 

One of the world’s largest tire companies claims to have developed a plant-based vehicle tire that could deliver a better performance than conventional rubber tires, while also reducing consumption of petroleum-based oil.

Goodyear, which manufactures products in 22 countries around the world, said that by using soybean oil in tires, it can potentially increase tread life by 10 percent and reduce the tiremaker’s use of petroleum-based oil by up to seven million gallons each year.

In recent months, the company has been testing rubber compounds made with soybean oil instead of petroleum oil. It found that the soybean oil blends more easily with the silica used in building tires.  Goodyear claims this discover could improve plant efficiency and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: this is the ethanol debacle all over again. Many are opposed to the idea of using a food crop for non-food purposes, and fear that doing so will drive up already high food prices. In most cases I would agree, but soybeans are a little bit different. Almost 60 percent of all soybeans in the world are genetically modified. In the United States, the levels are even higher, coming in at about 85 percent. That means pretty much any non-organic soy grown in the U.S. is bad for you and should be avoided.

Since we can’t immediately eliminate all of the GMO soy, why not divert it from the food supply by making tires? Soy farmers will still get paid, tires will become more efficient, and the global demand for oil will be reduced. It’s a win, win, win.

Prototype tires built in Lawton will be tested at Goodyear’s Proving Grounds in San Angelo, Texas in the coming months.  If indicators remain positive, Goodyear expects consumers will be able to purchase tires made with soybean oil as early as 2015.

 

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9:03AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Look Ma, no tires! And no wheels either. The Keshe Foundation is open sourcing its free energy technology. Check out Keshefoundation.org .How about riding on plasma reactor-generated magnetic anti-gravity field?

8:01AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

mmmmm yes, more facts and R&R needed, I think... but very good idea

3:48AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

I'd like to see more facts about this before I make up mind,sounds good though.

6:45PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

thanks

4:39PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

How about tires made from recycled materials? Planting more soy is not always a good idea- Chinese consumption of soy, much of it used for livestock feed, is one of the main causes of destruction of rain forests.

2:00PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

At least Goodyear is trying to move away from oil.... I say "Good Job".

7:26AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

A small clue, a few years back a neighbor set up an old still and somehow turned tires into oil. He even used the oil in his old truck and it ran fine.

So rather than use FOOD/SUSTENANCE SUPPLIES FOR TIRES, why doesn't the Gov't develop a way to reuse tires and make the piles and piles of tires all over this country into oil.

FOcus on the recycling of tires into oil over that of fracking and this country would have cleaner and more water and soybeans for sustenance.

6:40PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Too many of us don't have the option of going car-free either because of the lack of alternative transportation where we live or other conditions.

When I first moved to Colorado in 01 It would have taken me 4 hours by bus to get to work when with a car it would take 45 minutes. And it wasn't an option because when I had to come home at night the lines were no longer running. Cab fare was $50 one way.

6:34PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Go car-free if you can - this will save far more oil than soy-based tyres.

3:48PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

well thats sounds great.

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