Official news from manufacturer Goodyear inform us that the company is planning to soon implement a new technology which will allow it to use soybean oil in the making of its much appreciated tires.
Apparently, soybean oil can act to help the rubber blend with the silica, and therefore cut down on the amounts of petroleum the company presently uses.
Moreover, it seems that the use of soybean oil will also lead to better results, meaning that the tires produced by means of this newly-developed technology will be both cheaper, and longer-lasting.
Speaking on behalf of the company, chief technical officer Jean-Claude Kihn explained how, “Consumers benefit through improved tread life, Goodyear gains with increased efficiency and energy savings and we all win whenever there is a positive impact on the environment.”
According to various sources, these environmentally friendly tires could hit the market as soon as 2015, provided that no unexpected issues keep this from happening.