Goodyear: Charging Your EV Through Its Tires

Goodyear has presented a concept tire at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show that is aimed at helping electric vehicles charge their batteries.

Goodyear Concept_BH03Known at the BHO3, this concept tire offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tire into electrical energy.

Goodyear explained the BHO3 generates electricity through the action of materials in the tire that capture and transform the energy created by heat when it flexes as it rolls during normal driving conditions.

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As demand for electric cars grows, this technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the solution of future mobility challenges,” said Joe Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer. “This visionary tire technology could eliminate the vehicle-range anxiety motorists may have with electric cars. It is more important than ever for us to stay firmly rooted in our market-back innovation process, which calls on us to focus on, and anticipate, the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.”

Though essentially an engineer’s dream for now this type of tire sure would benefit EVs, PHEVs and hybrids.