Michelin Develops Worlds First Carbon-Neutral Tire

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It's not just car manufacturers going green.

Everyone wants a slice of the environmentally friendly pie in the automotive sector. Ford just unveiled the E-Transit cargo van, Volkswagen has launched the VW ID.4 electric crossover, and every which way you look, another manufacturer announces plans to cut emissions, improve efficiency, and create carbon-neutral production facilities. Now, the tiremaker behind the world's top speed records like that of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, Michelin, is getting in on the action with its new e.Primacy, the world's first carbon-neutral tire, at least at the point of sale.

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That in itself is a major achievement, it means any emissions created in the production process are offset by using green energy or renewable resources. But that wasn't enough for Michelin, as the French company has produced the e.Primacy to be ultra-efficient once it's on a car as well. The tire is an ultra-low-rolling-resistance item that, in Michelin-commissioned testing, yields fuel savings of 0.06 gallons per 62 miles, saving about $94 across the lifespan of the tires. On its own, that's not much, but the e.Primacy is geared towards broad-spectrum use, and will also increase the range of electric cars.

To do this, the composition of the tire was carefully curated, using "energy passive" compounds with high elasticity, elastomer-filler coupling, thinner top belts, a hermetic belt that reduces energy loss, and sidewalls that better maintain a cooler temperature. Despite this, Michelin says the e.Primacy still provides exceptional driving performance and is made to last.

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Of course, carbon neutrality is the big price here, and Michelin Group Executive Committee member Scott Clark, said: "This is a world-first that will open the way to a new generation of products. Environmental issues are central to our strategic priorities. To reduce its environmental footprint more quickly, Michelin has pledged to lower CO2 emissions from all its production facilities by 50 percent by 2030 compared with 2010, with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

The e.Primacy will be available in 56 sizes, ranging from 15-20 inches, and will start rolling out globally from March 1, 2021.

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