Bridgestone in Europe has launched Enliten, a new lightweight tyre technology that the company says represents an ‘unmatchable reduction in material and rolling resistance performance to contribute to the reduction of a vehicle’s CO2 emissions, while providing the same wear life as a standard original equipment tyre’.
Bridgestone adds that tyres with embedded Enliten technology also improve a vehicle’s handling and stability.
The company says the technology reduces the rolling resistance of a passenger tyre by, on average, 20 per cent from a standard premium summer touring tyre, assisting in the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in combustion vehicles, while also extending battery life and vehicle range in electric vehicles.
Enliten enables passenger tyres to be reduced in weight by, on average, 10 per cent from a standard premium summer touring tyre, meaning less raw materials are used to manufacture the tyres. Bridgestone says Enliten is able to achieve all this without any trade-off on tyre wear or safety.
The technology combines a proprietary compound mix that enables improved wear performance and a decreased tread depth, a reduced and reinforced inner liner thickness, and a new dedicated mould design concept.
Bridgestone will soon be announcing partnerships that will see Enliten technology applied to vehicles in the European market.