NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas Inc. has joined a Department of Energy funded research initiative, pledging to develop truck tires with 30 percent less rolling resistance as part of the initiative's goal to reduce trucking's environmental impact.
Bridgestone—which earlier this year joined a $1.25 million collaborative project with PPG Industries to study this same subject —will receive federal funding toward its research as a team member of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck II program.
“Bridgestone is committed to engineering innovative products and solutions that maximize uptime, improve efficiency and deliver best-in-class performance for our commercial customers,” said Steve Charles, vice president of product development, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.“Additionally, this project is closely aligned with our internal goal to produce best-in-class products that contribute to reducing global CO2 emissions by 50 percent or greater by the year 2050.”
Bridgestone said its involvement is aimed at significantly reducing the environmental impact of the 3.5 million-plus heavy-duty Class 8 long-haul tractor trailer trucks on the nation's roads. The DOE will match the Bridgestone investment dollar-for-dollar to create prototype tires for the steer, drive and trailer axle positions.