World Solar Challenge – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:14:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.16 Bridgestone and Lightyear combine forces for the world’s first long-range solar electric powered car https://tiresandparts.net/news/bridgestone-and-lightyear-combine-forces-for-the-worlds-first-long-range-solar-electric-powered-car/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/bridgestone-and-lightyear-combine-forces-for-the-worlds-first-long-range-solar-electric-powered-car/#respond Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:49:56 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35042 Building on 90 years of expertise, Bridgestone, a global leader in advanced solutions and sustainable mobility, has announced an exclusive partnership with Netherlands-based mobility innovator Lightyear. Bridgestone has engineered tyres specifically for Lightyear One, the world’s first long-range solar electric vehicle, which is set for commercial availability by the end of this year. Recent research […]

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Building on 90 years of expertise, Bridgestone, a global leader in advanced solutions and sustainable mobility, has announced an exclusive partnership with Netherlands-based mobility innovator Lightyear. Bridgestone has engineered tyres specifically for Lightyear One, the world’s first long-range solar electric vehicle, which is set for commercial availability by the end of this year.

Recent research from Bridgestone has shown that nearly 50 per cent of European drivers consider acquiring a fully electric vehicle, and yet 37 per cent are still skeptical about doing so due to concerns around efficiency and limited range.

Lightyear One addresses these concerns head on by offering an unprecedented range of 725km, while being up to three times more energy-efficient versus alternative electric vehicles currently on the market. The vehicle is charged directly by the sun through a large solar roof, minimising CO2 emissions and the charging needs of the user while maximising efficiency.

To achieve such incredible performance, Lightyear has pushed the boundaries of current technology, designing a vehicle that boasts the best aerodynamic coefficient of any production car to date through substantial gains in many different areas of vehicle design. To support this unique performance and further improve on efficiency, Lightyear sought a tyre that offered very low rolling resistance and weight reduction, in order to preserve battery life, maximise vehicle range, and reduce environmental impact.

Bridgestone developed custom-engineered Turanza Eco tyres for Lightyear One, combining its revolutionary lightweight ENLITEN and ologic technologies for the very first time. The technologies reduce weight through the use of fewer raw materials throughout the manufacturing process, while cutting rolling resistance through innovative tread, larger diameters, high inflation pressures and slim design.

The very low rolling resistance of the tyres also means Lightyear One can benefit from a lighter battery. As a result, the Turanza Eco tyres are designed to boost range when compared to alternative Bridgestone EV-specific tyres, equivalent to more than a 90kg reduction in weight. In addition to helping Lightyear One to travel further between charges, the tyre’s silica dispersion has been improved by applying a new mixing technology, there is a 3.6kg (around 10%) overall reduction in the tyre’s weight per vehicle, without any compromise on wear mileage and grip.

For the first time, the Turanza Eco tyres will bear the new Bridgestone EV Marking on the sidewalls. The Bridgestone EV Marking is applied to tyres that are tailor-made for electric vehicles and indicates the tyres underwent a rigorous testing process to receive approval from car manufacturers. As a result, these tyres support the unique features of electric vehicles and meet the car manufacturer requirements for battery range, vehicle control and tyre wear life.

Bridgestone also utilised its Virtual Tyre Development technology which enables accurate modelling of a tyre’s performance without having to physically produce and test it, saving up to 40,000 kilometres in real-life outdoor and fleet testing. It can also cut product development time and outdoor and fleet tyre tests by up to 50 per cent.

The foundation for Lightyear One was laid during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a 3,000km race across the Australian Outback that pushes the limits of technological innovation and solar-powered mobility. With this in mind, Bridgestone has been collaborating with Eindhoven Technical University and the people behind Lightyear for eight years. Solar Team Eindhoven, the birth ground of Lightyear, won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge’s Cruiser Cup four consecutive times, from 2016-2019.

Emilio Tiberio, COO & CTO of Bridgestone EMIA, explains: “Lightyear have impressed with their approach to sustainable mobility ever since we saw the team take on the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, and so we’re excited to play a part in the Lightyear One project. Bridgestone is committed to a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and 100% sustainable materials by 2050 and strategic partnerships are fundamental to achieving these goals.”

Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear, adds: “We’re particularly happy to see this collaboration between Bridgestone and Lightyear, with two companies that share a vision for future sustainable mobility coming together. The world is already experiencing unprecedented change and challenges, and through innovation and cutting-edge technologies we can work together to grasp the opportunities head on and create a more sustainable world.

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Bridgestone to Supply Tires for 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/bridgestone-to-supply-tires-for-2019-bridgestone-world-solar-challenge/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/bridgestone-to-supply-tires-for-2019-bridgestone-world-solar-challenge/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:57:41 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=28870 Bridgestone Corporation has issued a statement saying that it would be supplying solar car tires for the 2019 edition of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge for which the tire manufacturer has got the naming rights. The company will be providing the 32 teams participating in the event with its supplying its fuel-efficient tire technology. The […]

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Bridgestone Corporation has issued a statement saying that it would be supplying solar car tires for the 2019 edition of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge for which the tire manufacturer has got the naming rights. The company will be providing the 32 teams participating in the event with its supplying its fuel-efficient tire technology.

The BWSC is the most renowned solar car race in the world and is held in Australia once every two years. The 2019 race event is scheduled to begin on October 13, 2019, and racers will compete with each other to complete a course that covers 3,000 km from Darwin on the northern edge of Australia to Adelaide in its southern part over a period of about five days.

Bridgestone will supply all the teams participating in the race with its solar car tires “ECOPIA with ologic”. These tires are fuel-efficient tires that are designed specifically for solar cars incorporating fuel-efficient tire technology from Bridgestone’s concept tire, “ologic.” The “ECOPIA with ologic” tires will have a number of features like a high level of durability and lower rolling resistance that make them perfect for use on a solar car.

Tires with ologic technology are narrower than conventional tires and have a wider diameter, thus optimizing them for high levels of fuel efficiency and safety. The wider diameter limits minimizes changes in the shape of the contact patch to yield lower rolling resistance, thus enhancing fuel efficiency. In addition, the narrower shape reduces air resistance while driving.

“ECOPIA with ologic” solar car tires
The sponsorship of this event closely aligns with the three priority areas for Bridgestone in terms of global corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment, Our Way to Serve: mobility, people and environment.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge serves as a means for Bridgestone to contribute to the development of solar cars, to support young engineering talent, and to contribute to a more sustainable environment while using a new power source: solar light.

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Bridgestone Title Sponsor of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/bridgestone-title-sponsor-of-the-2019-bridgestone-world-solar-challenge/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/bridgestone-title-sponsor-of-the-2019-bridgestone-world-solar-challenge/#respond Sun, 08 Jul 2018 14:11:08 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23759 Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it would continue to be the title sponsor of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The event which is organized by the South Australian Tourism Commission is billed as the most advanced challenge in the field of solar technology and advanced engineering challenge. Its 2018 edition will be held in […]

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Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it would continue to be the title sponsor of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The event which is organized by the South Australian Tourism Commission is billed as the most advanced challenge in the field of solar technology and advanced engineering challenge. Its 2018 edition will be held in Australia from October 13 to 20, 2019.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge race was first held in 1987 and has a history that goes back more than 30 years. The race covers a route spanning 3,000 kilometers which runs from Darwin on the northern border of Australia to Adelaide on its southern edge. The solar powered vehicles participating in the race typically cover this distance in about five days. About 38 teams comprising mainly university students drawn from 19 countries and regions participated in the 2017 edition of the event.

Bridgestone has taken on the title sponsorship of the renowned event from 2013 onwards and has supplied all the participating teams with solar car tires from 2013. Through its participation in the event Bridgestone’s goal is to promote the development of environmental technologies and thus help achieve the vision of a sustainable society. Bridgestone is also thus supporting the dreams of young engineers who are working on the development of such innovative technologies for the future.

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