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Figure 2 - Cross section diagram of a standard vehicle tyre (Energy Manager Training, 2004).

2.1.2 Unconventional Tyre Designs

Tyres can be manufactured with a significantly longer lifespan using unique

modern

technologies.

The

increased

life

span

of

the

tyres

may

contribute

significantly to waste reduction. Two notable techniques have been developed in the

past decade that can enable the tyre to have a longer life before needing to be

discarded or recycled. The names of these two techniques are Zero Pressure and PAX

System (Michelin Inc, 2006).

Zero Pressure

Zero pressure is a unique system that allows drivers to keep driving up to 50

miles at 55 mph even when there is no air inside the tyres (Michelin Inc, 2006). The

zero pressure technique along with the included low tyre pressure monitoring system

allows the tyre to properly maintain air pressure and therefore reduce the wear on the

tyre tread (Michelin Inc, 2006).

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