recharge – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Sat, 16 Jan 2021 10:33:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Goodyear Develops Tires with self-regenerating Tread for Electric Cars https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/goodyear-develops-tires-with-self-regenerating-tread-for-electric-cars/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/goodyear-develops-tires-with-self-regenerating-tread-for-electric-cars/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 10:59:46 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30065 Goodyear has developed what it calls tires with self-generating tread for electric cars. The tire manufacturer recently unveiled the design for these ultra-durable tires that it says are made from biodegradable materials. According to Goodyear, these tires not only can “self-regenerate”, but they can also adapt to changing road conditions, and will thus help those […]

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Goodyear has developed what it calls tires with self-generating tread for electric cars. The tire manufacturer recently unveiled the design for these ultra-durable tires that it says are made from biodegradable materials. According to Goodyear, these tires not only can “self-regenerate”, but they can also adapt to changing road conditions, and will thus help those who use electric cars to reduce both their carbon footprint and their maintenance costs.

Called the ‘reCharge’ concept tire, the new tire is derived from sustainable, biological material and drivers can “recharge” the tread by using customizable liquid capsules. Use of these capsules would make it possible for these tires to regenerate as well as to adapt over time to different road and weather conditions.

The low maintenance design is expected to transform the process of repairing punctures and replacing tires and make it a lot simpler. The compound material in the liquid capsules can be customized to cater to the needs of a particular car or driver based on driving data that is obtained through the use of artificial intelligence technology. The replacement tread solution can be stored in replaceable canisters within the wheel hub.

Goodyear said that the material used for the tire is extremely durable and 100 per cent biodegradable, with the tire compound being made from a biological material that is reinforced with fibers inspired by one of the toughest natural materials in the world – spider silk.The renewable materials used include dandelion rubber and synthetic spider silk. This is a more environment friendly option when compared to the carbon black and silica that are conventionally used.

Sebastien Fontaine, lead designer at Goodyear’s Innovation Centre in Luxembourg, said the goal was to design a tire specially for electric vehicles.

“The Goodyear reCharge is a concept tire without compromise, supporting personalized, sustainable and hassle-free electric mobility,” he said.

Goodyear has also designed the tires for Lexus’s new fully electric, autonomous car concept – the LF-30 Electrified. These tires were specially designed to boost battery range by reducing drag and to enhance the cooling of electric vehicle motors behind each wheel.

Mike Rytokoski, vice president and chief marketing officer for Goodyear Europe said that the partnership with Lexus highlighted the critical role tires can play in shaping the future of electric mobility.

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Researchers Develop Liquid Battery which Takes Seconds to Recharge Electric Cars https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/researchers-develop-liquid-battery-which-takes-seconds-to-recharge-electric-cars/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/researchers-develop-liquid-battery-which-takes-seconds-to-recharge-electric-cars/#respond Sun, 07 Oct 2018 05:11:42 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=24751 Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a new type of battery which could make it possible to recharge electric vehicles in just a few seconds. A team of chemists at the university developed a new flow-battery energy storage system that used a nano scale battery molecule. This nano-molecule has the capability to store […]

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Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a new type of battery which could make it possible to recharge electric vehicles in just a few seconds.
A team of chemists at the university developed a new flow-battery energy storage system that used a nano scale battery molecule. This nano-molecule has the capability to store either electric power or hydrogen gas in a new hybrid energy storage system.

The team wrote at length about their research on the “hybrid-electric-hydrogen” flow battery in the Nature Chemistry journal, and said that it could release power on demand either as electricity or as hydrogen gas. Both of these can be used to fuel cars.

When a concentrated liquid containing the nano-molecules is made, the amount of energy it can store increases tenfold. This energy can be released in the form of hydrogen gas or as electricity. Thus, it would no longer take hours to charge if the material used is a pumpable liquid like petrol and diesel. The vehicle could be recharged in the same time that it takes to fill up the tank of an internal combustion engine powered vehicle.The new liquid can be used as a replacement liquid for the purpose of recharging electric vehicles.

The new technology was developed by a team comprising Professor Leroy Cronin, Dr Mark Symes and Dr Jia Jia Chen, who claim that it will lead to the development of new energy storage systems for electric cars, new ways in which renewable energy can be stored. It can even lead to the development of electric-to-gas energy systems for when a fuel is needed.

One key issue with energy from renewable sources is that there are peaks and troughs in supply, whether it is solar, wind or hydro power. Hence, high capacity and flexible energy storage systems are needed to smooth this out, according to Professor Cronin.

The new technology could be used to do this in an electrochemical manner. He also claimed that the very high energy density of the material used could increase the range of electric cars, and could also increase the resilience of energy storage systems so that the lights could be kept on when there is peak demand.

Another advantage the liquid electrolyte offers is that it would be possible to control ageing. In the case of a normal lithium battery, the solid system degrades over time and lithium batteries can last only for a certain number of charge-discharge cycles. In the case of the liquid electrolyte, the inorganic salt that is used is very stable and this ageing process does not occur.

A lot of work still needs to be done to ensure that the new technology can work in a reliable and safe manner. Currently, the research team has transitioned from work in the laboratory to testing and development of a prototype

Many leading companies across the globe are interested in the new technology.

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