FULLERTON, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2011)—Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s BluEarth-1 orange oil-infused passenger tire will be featured in a special two-year exhibit at Boston's Museum of Science starting this fall.
The “Making a Greener Tire” interactive display, which will be in the museum's Transportation, Renewable Energy and Nanotechnology area, showcases the BluEarth-1's technology, which combines oil extracted from orange peels with silica and natural rubber to form “Super Nano-Power Rubber.”
Yokohama said SNPR allows for less petroleum to be used in the manufacturing process and conserves fuel as it reduces rolling-resistance by up to 20 percent. The technology was initially used in the dB Super E-spec tire.
Also featured in the museum's exhibit will be the BluEarth-1's Airtex advanced liner, which is designed to reduce the amount of air seeping out from the tire, according to Yokohama.
The BluEarth-1, available now in Japan and Europe, will launch in the U.S. in 2012 in three sizes for hybrids and other vehicles, including the Toyota Prius, Mini Cooper, and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta.