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Future Ford Motor Company Vehicles Could Get More Sustainable Tires

Goodyear and Ford have enjoyed a cozy relationship in recent years, as the former provides tires for a number of Blue Oval models including the off-road-focused 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline, Ford Super Duty Tremor, and the 2021 Ford Bronco, which the tiremaker even changed the name of from “Wrangler” to “Territory” so the Bronco wouldn’t have to roll around on tires bearing the name of its biggest competitor. After acquiring Cooper Tire early last year, Goodyear launched its first-ever dedicated EV tire last month, and now, it has developed its most sustainable tire to date, which will very likely wind up on future FoMoCo products.

Goodyear’s new sustainable tire is made from 70 percent sustainable material, which consists of 13 different “ingredients” covering nine different categories. That includes three different types of carbon blacks – used to reinforce a tire compound – which is traditionally made from burning petroleum products. In this case, Goodyear utilizes methane, carbon dioxide, and plant-based oil to make these carbon blacks, which produces fewer carbon emissions.

Goodyear also uses soybean oil in its eco-friendly tire to further reduce its dependence on petroleum-based products that help keep a tire’s rubber compound pliable in changing temperatures, as well as silica, which is made from discarded material and helps improve grip and reduce fuel consumption. Finally, Goodyear takes the polyester from recycled plastic bottles and other plastic waste and converts it into technical-grade polyester used to make tire cords.

“We set an ambitious goal in 2020 to create a tire made 100 percent from sustainable materials in 10 years, and our scientists and engineers have made great progress toward that goal,” said Chris Helsel, senior vice president, global operations and chief technology officer. “This is an exciting achievement that demonstrates our commitment to increasing the use of sustainable materials in our tires.”

We’ll have more on this new tire technology soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. RORY STEIDL

    Well, I wonder if the squirrels will love chewing on these new tires as much as they do on the new “ecoFriendly” and “sustainable” engine compartment wiring also made with soybean oil?

    Reply
  2. Montana Man

    Thanks, Ford and Goodyear, for looking toward the future and in any small way, developing and innovating technology and goods for consumers, businesses and the planet that sustains all of us.

    Reply
  3. Ol\' Ole

    Wow! It sounds like that if I’m a rodent it’s “yum, yum” time as I’ve heard stories about the wiring.

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    1. Terry

      It would poison you. Good way to get rid of rodents.

      Reply
  4. Ford Owner

    What happened to Michelin’s UPTIS? The tire and hub is all one piece and only the thread is replaced so less waste. And it is airless so no flats ever.

    Reply

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