Making tires and vehicles 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. TBy 2030, we aim to have reduced tire-related fuel consumption to 20% below its 2010 level. This represents 30 million metric tons of CO2.

"Green tires"

MICHELIN Energy Saver: the fourth generation of green tires

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.

The automobile fuel cell

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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

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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%.

The vision concept

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Vision is a mobility solution in the concept stage. First and foremost it is a wheel without pressurized air: it is hyper-resistant thanks to an alveolar structure inspired by certain living organisms, made of biosourced and/or recycled materials.

Vision is also a tread that you can renew yourself thanks to a 3D printer either because it is worn or because there has been a change in road conditions: rain, snow, all-terrain, etc.. The material used is entirely biodegradable and 3D printing is additive: it only adds the material that is necessary, without the slightest waste.

Finally, Vision is connected: you can determine the condition of your tires at home and program reprinting with the type of tread required at that point in time.

The Triple A Convoy tire

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In the Truck world, Michelin has moved a step further with the launch of the first drive axle tire with an "A" energy efficiency (according to European labeling rules), as well as a tire for the steering axle, also with an “A” rating. They complete a range where the trailer tire already has an “A” rating.

As a result, carriers can adopt a“Triple AAA” set of tires for the entire convoy (tractor + trailer) saving them up to 1 liter of fuel per 100 km  - i.e. 2.66 kg of CO2 - compared with the previous MICHELIN X® LINETM Energy range rated BBA.

1 liter of fuel per 100 km represents an average saving of €1,610 over the first life of the tires (before regrooving/retreading). This gain is obviously obtained without affecting the other Michelin flagship performance levels: safety and longevity.

Key figures

Performances

1st French hydrogen-powered vehicle (registered on 16 December 2011), the F-City H runs on a battery and a fuel cell that uses Michelin technology.
A 6% longer range for the Renault ZOE (depending on how it is driven), thanks to MICHELIN ENERGY™ E-V tires.