Friday, April 10, 2009

Digital Tires

I went out to the truck the other day, and it looked pretty low on one side...

The front left tire was flat so I changed the tire and checked the odometer...

The Original Equipment (OE) tires were beyond their life at over
70,000 miles which meant that I drove very carefully and
constantly exceeded the EPA MPG rating...

Even though I didn't have the digital version of the vehicle.
In the gasoline Ranger rated at around 20 MPG avg,
I've been able to get 24 MPG around town and up to 38 MPG on the highway
which is almost doubling mileage or 40% OFF your $1,000 to $5,000 gas bill/yr.

For a higher mileage car,
doubling mileage would mean going from 30 to 60 MPG
or 40 to 80 MPG or even 50 to 100 MPG for advanced users.

In my last digital car with the tires pumped up on the highway behind a semi truck
it was easy to get mileage over 100 MPG for a few minutes at a time by lowering
resistance, both air and tire.

So let's take a look at digital tiremaking:

Some studies show tires eating up to 20% of your fuel energy!

One of the most expensive solutions is reported as Michelin's $43,000,000+
investment into the "Energy Saver" series of tire release in Europe
that for some unknown reason is being dumbed down as "Primacy" for the USA.

So here's a list of tires on digital vehicles installed by manufacturers
on to stock digital vehicles that were developed with mileage in mind.

"Bridgestones" - Toyota RAV-4 EV
Bridgestone Potenza - Honda Insight Hybrid USA
Continental ContiTrac EcoPlus - Ford Escape Hybrid USA
Dunlop SP31A - 2010 Honda Insight Revenge
Goodyear FuelMax (an extra mile) - 2011 Chevrolet Volt
Michelin Energy LX4 - 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Michelin Energy Saver - Toyota Prius EURO
Michelin HXV4 - Toyota Prius USA
Michelin MXV4 (215/60R 16 95H)- Honda FCX
Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 (215/45R17 87V) - 2010 Prius Hybrid USA
Michelin Proxima RR (175/65R14, self-sealing tires, tire pressure warning indicator) - Saturn EV-1
Yokohama ADVAN A10F (160/A/A) - Lexus GS450h
Yokohama ADVAN Neova - 2006 Tesla Roadster
Yokohama AVS E100 Radial (195/80R16 at 44 psi) - 1996 Toyota RAV-4 EV
Yokohama E105 (205/60R15 91H) - 2004-2007 Honda FCX Fuel Cell Vehicle

This list is a work in progress as OEM tire research
is much more difficult than expected.

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