LONDON—The single most effective improvement that can make tires more sustainable is enhancing air retention, according to ExxonMobil Chemical.
"When we think of sustainability, we shouldn't just focus on things that make great headlines or very long term goals," a company spokesman said. "Improved air-retention increases energy efficiency of vehicles and tire life."
Properly inflated tires can improve fuel consumption by 1-2 percent , increase EV vehicle range by 3-7 percent, and increase tire life by 5-16 percent, depending on the type of vehicle, according to ExxonMobil. These improvements, the company said, could lead to a savings of 1 billion gallons of fuel and 8 million metric tons of CO2 emissions if 25 percent of the global vehicle fleet was equipped with tires that had air retention performance of 1.75 percent versus the global average of 2.4 percent.
During the Future Tire Conference, set for June 11-12, ExxonMobil will expound on the impact air retention can have on tire performance and fuel economy. Arancha Guisuraga, global market development manager for the specialty elastomer and butyl business, will focus on these efforts in her presentation scheduled during the first day of the two-day conference.
Organized by European Rubber Journal, Future Tire Conference features nearly 20 presentations that focus on sustainability throughout the tire industry. To learn more about the event or get registration information visit the Future Tire event page.