Automakers don’t get to have all the fun when it comes to advancements in car technology. Goodyear is getting in on the action, and at this year’s Geneva Motor Show they introduced their concept for tires that can charge an electric vehicle.
The tire, called the BH-03, uses two different advanced technologies to generate electricity using the friction between the road and the tire. The tire could then send that energy to an electric vehicle’s battery, helping the car go longer distances between charges.
According to autos.yahoo.com, “A weave of thermoelectric fibers transforms the heat generated by the tire’s friction with the road into energy, while piezioelectric material does the same using changes in the tire’s shape as it moves.” Though Goodyear didn’t comment on how much electricity the tire could generate, they did point out that this kind of technology could help offset an owner’s anxiety associated with short-range EVs.
Goodyear also debuted a different technology, appropriately called Triple Tube, which uses three tubes inside the tire instead of one to automatically adjust to environmental and road conditions. Pumps would automatically inflate or deflate each tube as needed to provide optimal driving conditions. The tires offer three different modes, including the ability to offer more grip for maneuvers at high speeds, inflate across all tubes for less rolling resistance and improved fuel economy, and higher inflation of the center tube to reduce the chance of hydroplaning.
Neither tire is anywhere near ready for production, but that hasn’t stopped those of us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi from daydreaming about the potential of these tires being paired with Mitsubishi vehicles!by