Goodyear Uses Soy for Bus Tires to Cut Down Petroleum Use

Goodyear plans to replace the petroleum-derived oils used in its tires by 2040.

And while this might not seem like a lot, the company has announced that it is replacing about 11 ounces of petroleum that would otherwise be in tires that the company has on offer for city transit buses with soybean oil.

This is the formulation being used for the majority of its Metro Miler G152 and G652 tires.

11 ounces of soybean oil per tire. (Image: Goodyear)

Dustin Lancy, Goodyear North America commercial product manager, notes that if you take the 11 ounces and “Multiply that by a bus fleet of 1,600 buses, about the size used by some major metropolitan cities in the U.S., and that could mean the use of around 20 fewer barrels of oil.

A typical city bus has six tires. That translates into the replacement of 66 ounces per vehicle. One barrel of oil is 5,376 ounces or 82 buses.

Small amounts, but something.

Know that the U.S. uses about 18 million barrels of oil. Per day.

Something About Tires We Still Don’t Know The Meaning Of

It’s not like we’ve spent a lot (or any) time in open-pit mines. . . .

By Gary S. Vasilash

Odds are you will never be in a vehicle that uses this tire. Unless, perhaps, you drive (pilot?) something like the Caterpillar 789 dump truck, the kind of vehicle that is used in open-pit mining: It resembles a giant box (giant as in having the capacity of 177 tonnes) that is supposed by giant tires with a cab tucked up front in between.

Just the thing for 200-ton trucks. (Image: Goodyear)

According to Eric Matson, Global OTR Field Engineering Manager, Goodyear, “The 40.00R57 has become Goodyear’s dominant fitment on 200-ton trucks, such as the Caterpillar 789. With a higher TKPH and load carrying capacity, the new Goodyear RH-4A+ tire size is a great option for customers who have converted their 789 fleets to this larger tire.”

TKPH? Tonne-kilometers-per-hour. We don’t know, either.

One of the features of this tire is that it is said to provide “higher productivity in hard rock underfoot positions.”

Bet that’s not going to be your concern the next time you go out tire shopping. . . .