Helping Drivers go Farther on a Tank of Fuel

Helping Drivers go Farther on a Tank of Fuel

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Trinseo delivers advanced technology for low rolling resistance, green tires. With reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions and improved energy efficiency, our functional S-SBR materials are the technology of choice for leading green tire manufacturers.

Consumers worldwide are driving the demand for green tires that can help save gas – without sacrificing safety benefits (wet grip) or performance (high abrasion resistance). In response, manufacturers are increasing production of tires with low rolling resistance, delivering increased energy efficiency, decreased fuel costs, and reduced carbon emissions.

With low rolling resistance tires, drivers use less energy to travel the same distance. Tires can account for 20 to 30 percent of total fuel consumption.* By using low rolling resistance tires produced with Solution-styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) grades from Trinseo, a driver can reduce fuel consumption up to three percent. Over a typical life span of a set of tires – about 45,000 kilometers – that could mean savings of up to 80 liters of fuel when compared to traditional tires.

Trinseo has several SPRINTAN™ Solution-styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) materials tailored to meet the evolving needs of the global tire industry, including some newer grades. These next-generation options allow an optimum balance of low rolling resistance and high abrasion resistance, in addition to reduced stiffness at low temperatures that boost snow grip potential in winter tread applications.

SPRINTAN™ S-SBR materials can also partially replace traditional rubber grades. Because of the reduced fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions are also diminished, making them a positive sustainable choice.

Learn more about sustainable synthetic rubber solutions for green tires.

* Transportation Research Board Special Report No. 286, “Tires and Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy,” National Research Council of the National Academies, pp. 42-51, 2006.