First up on our list is the BH03 a concept tire designed by Goodyear. This tire offers the potential to help power electric cars by transforming heat energy into electrical energy. While the specifics of the technology are being kept under wraps Goodyear has released a video that showcases some of the tires features. These include black patches on the surface of the tires which absorb heat from the Sun. This is great for when your car is parked for extended periods of time such as while you're grocery shopping or at work. Additionally, the tire will also generate power from friction so as you drive down the street your tires will be helping to charge your electric car. Furthermore, as the tires flex heat will be generated and transformed into energy.
Below you can watch a video overview of the Goodyear BH03:
Another interesting tire that is in development is the Hankook iFlex Non-pneumatic tire. The main benefit of this tire is that it cannot get a flat, because there is no air inside of it. The manufacturer claims this tire can do everything a standard tire can do and also has stated that the tire successfully completed performance tests on ride, handling, and high-speed driving capabilities.
As you might imagine you can't always get a new tire on the first try and the iFlex is the 5th prototype developed by the company. In addition to a better design Hankook was able to cut the manufacturing process down to 4 steps as compared to 8 in the prior generation. They also made a change in materials so that the tire is more environmentally friendly and the process of recycling the tire is easier. Sadly, there is no set date as to when this amazing new tire might be available to consumers, but be sure to keep an eye out.
Here's a photo for those who are wondering what this amazing invention looks like:
Also, if you'd like to watch an overview video of this tire and don't mind a robotic voiced narration this is a pretty good video about the tire.
In summary, I hope you find the information about these tires useful and maybe one day soon when they are available for consumers you just might find them at a Town Fair Tire near you. Of course, since they haven't been released yet we can't make any promises as to their availability.