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Toyota explores airless tyres to build lighter electric vehicles

However, this technology is still unproven on passenger cars, and manufacturers will need to convince that they are safe


Toyota Motor Corp is eyeing airless tires to help reduce the weight of battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles and boost performance, even though the technology is years away from being ready for commercial use. The automaker is using airless tires — featuring individual motors in each wheel — on a vehicle for the first time with its hydrogen-powered concept car, Fine-Comfort Ride, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last week, chief engineer Takao Sato said in an interview. Since such tires comprise a band of rubber encircling a plastic-aluminum hub, the premise is that ...

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First Published: Mon, October 30 2017. 22:29 IST