Your Tires Might Help Charge Your Car in the Future

April 15th, 2015 by

There is no denying the fact that electric cars are the wave of the future.

More and more automakers are spending money on this technology, realizing that the transition from traditionally powered vehicles to electric is well underway.

Of course, there is one main issue with electric vehicles: range. There is nothing worse than the thought of being stranded with a drained battery.

Thanks to the folks at Goodyear, the industry has something special to look forward to.

The tire company has a new concept in the works, the BH03, that takes the heat generated from driving, transforms it into energy, and allows the vehicle’s battery to charge while rolling down the road.

At this time, there isn’t much information on the BH03 tire. What we do know, however, is that it is constructed with a layer of thermo-piezoelectric material.

Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer noted the following in a recently published press release:

“These concept tires reimagine the role that tires may play in the future. We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile.”

At this point, the BH03 tire is nothing more than a concept. Just the same as automakers show the public its concept vehicles, Goodyear has done the same with this tire. While some concepts never make it to market, many others turn into successful products. And that is exactly what Goodyear is hoping for.

This most recent idea was brought into the public eye at the Geneva Auto Show. While there was a lot going on at this event, the BH03 tire stole the show in many ways.

For the time being, there is no reason to believe this tire will make it way to market in the near future. However, it does give us a better idea of what the future could hold. From an electric vehicle point of view, a tire like this would change things entirely.

If the BH03 ever makes its way to tires stores in Cincinnati, you can be rest assured that many electric vehicle owners will want to learn more.