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Yokohama Introduces an Orange Oil-Infused Car Tire

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As we attempt to wean ourselves off petroleum-based car fuels, let’s not forget that cars themselves are also filled with the slippery stuff. Yokohama is doing its part to ease the transition from petroleum-based materials with the Super E-spec tire, composed in part of oils extracted from orange peels along with natural rubber. The addition of orange oil reduces the petroleum content of each tire by 10%. Yokohama’s tire, made out of 80% non-petroleum derived materials, also features improved rolling resistance to increase fuel efficiency.

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The idea for tires made from orange oil was originally thought up by Yokohama’s racing engineers, who found that the oil could increase a car’s grip on the road. Orange oil infusion can already be seen on Yokohama’s ADVAN ENV-R1TM racing tires, present on Porsche GT3 Cup cars.

Japanese consumers have been zooming around in orange oil derived tires for a year, but U.S. car buyers can only access the Super E-spec starting today. Initially, Yokohama will sell tires in four sizes (185/65R15 88H, 195/65R15 91H, 195/55R16 86V, and 215/60R16 95V) fitted mainly for popular hybrids like the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid/Civic GX NGV, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid. And no, the Super E-spec doesn’t smell like oranges–it still emits the familiar rubbery tire scent.

[Via Environmental Leader]

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