Making tires more energy efficient
To further reduce the energy necessary to move a vehicle, Michelin is making its products more energy efficient and coming up with new concepts. There are some radically groundbreaking solutions in the pipeline. By 2030, we aim to have reduced tire-related fuel consumption to 20% below its 2010 level. This represents 30 million metric tons of CO2.
Michelin is the inventor of the "green tire", which reduces rolling resistance while at the same time improving safety and longevity - a quality Michelin is eager to point out to opinion leaders and drivers. It stresses the importance of choosing the right tire and inflating it to the correct pressure to reduce fuel consumption. Extending tire life also makes it possible to amortize the quantity of raw materials and energy used in the manufacturing process over more kilometers. At end-2014, MICHELIN low-energy tires (on the market since 1992) had saved a total of nearly 19 billion liters of fuel and avoided the emission of nearly 47.5 million metric tons of CO2 (a saving of 0.2l/100km of fuel).
The automobile fuel cell
Since 2000, MICHELIN hydrogen fuel cell technologies have been opening up applications in every area of mobility: road, air and maritime transport. In May 2014, Michelin acquired a share in Symbio FCell, a French start-up recognized mainly for the world's first hydrogen fuel-cell range extender, used in the Renault Kangoo ZE series electric light commercial vehicles.
With Symbio FCell, Michelin is leveraging all of the technologies it has been developing over many years in the field of hydrogen fuel cell systems. Michelin has partnered with Symbio FCell to manufacture range-extender systems at its IMECA production site in France. The collaboration with Symbio FCell also allows the Group to prepare for the future mobility market by positioning Euromaster as a provider of electric vehicle maintenance.
The slimline tire
With an innovative design and a new size, the slimline tire uses less energy while still maintaining excellent performances in grip, longevity and driving comfort. It delivers fuel savings on an IC engine vehicle of up to 0.15l/100km and extends the range of an electric vehicle by up to 5%.