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
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 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).