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Yokohama Tires: Citrus Instead of Petroleum

There is a new kind of tires in town. And this new type is going to be good not only for drivers and car owners - it is also going to be quite helpful to the environment.

Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (YRC) is a creator and manufacturer of tires for vehicles and automobiles just like how Covercraft is known for their own share of auto products. The former company, which is based in Japan, has just found a way that would make these round pieces of rubber be more friendly to the environment. How? They did find out that by using citrus instead of petroleum on tires reducing some of the major problems caused by these auto parts.

The finished product is what they call the Super Nanopower Rubber, or the SNR. This one has been created using the process wherein citrus oil is used with rubber. And when these are combined, the finished tires can actually function better and would not require drivers and car owners to use petroleum products by as much as 80 percent which is quite a huge number.

YRC did also say that the new SNR is actually all part of their environmental program for the whole world which they have dubbed as the EcoMotion.

"This new polymer inner lining is designed to reduce air from seeping out from the tire, which help maintain appropriate inflation levels. Underinflated tires consume more power, thus using more fuel," expresses Jim MacMaster, the executive vice president of the YRC US business division. He even furthermore adds, "The E-Spec is also a lot lighter and conserves gasoline by reducing rolling resistance by 18 percent. Low rolling resistance tires improve fuel efficiency by minimizing the energy wasted (as heat) as the tire rolls down the road."

A couple of months down the road, the Japanese auto market would soon be able to purchase these new tires that uses the SNR compound. However, if you live in the US and you are raring to try out these new tires that use citrus, you would have to wait further still. There are no reports as of present regarding the invasion of these tires in that area of the world.

About The Author Corey Putton is a 28-year old bachelor from Pittsburgh, PA who has been around cars for the better part of his life. He now works online and writes all about his passion: cars. He is also a certified mechanic.
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