Goodyear recently unveiled a concept tire that could charge electric vehicles when they’re on the road or even when parked. Called the BH-03, the tire generates electricity from heat in two ways. A thermo-electric mesh inside the tires transforms heat caused by road friction into electricity. But even while parked, the car gains a charge as the tires absorb as much sunlight and therefore energy as possible, through an ultra-black material.
Additionally, pressure from tire deformation that occurs on the road translates into electricity through the use of a piezo-electric material within the tires. To prevent these tires from growing too hot, however, there are also a built-in cooling system. Still in the early stages, the concept’s finer details and a timeline for release are still undisclosed.
SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Could this be the answer to electric vehicles’ range limitations? Aside from the electric vehicle market, where else could this technology be implemented?
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