U.S. DOE Awards Grants to Improve Fuel Economy

DOE

Automotive News - September 18, 2011

The U.S. Depart­ment of Ener­gy has award­ed $1.5 mil­lion grants to Coop­er Tire & Rub­ber Co., Goodyear Tire & Rub­ber Co. and PPG Indus­tries Inc. to study, eval­u­ate and devel­op tech­nolo­gies for improv­ing the fuel econ­o­my of the nation’s vehi­cle fleet. Coop­er hopes to cut the weight of a typ­i­cal pas­sen­ger tire by 20%; Goodyear will devel­op a viable sys­tem of enabling tires to remain inflat­ed at their opti­mum pres­sure with­out the need for exter­nal pumps or elec­tron­ics. The grant award­ed to PPG will be used to inves­ti­gate ways to improve the rolling resis­tance and fuel effi­cien­cy of tires through the use of new tread com­pound and inner-lin­er tech­nolo­gies.