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Trevor Collett | Mar, 08 2015 | 1 Comment

Two more concepts have emerged from the Geneva Motor Show, but this pair is unlikely to be judged on its edgy styling or 0-100km/h times.

Tyre-maker Goodyear has developed the concepts, which it says are a glimpse into the future world of tyres with the first aimed squarely at the emerging electric vehicle market.

Called the BH03, the concept tyre has the ability to provide charge to an EV’s battery pack, by utilising the heat which builds up inside the tyre while driving.

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The tyre is constructed from materials that maximise the energy-capturing effect while offering minimal rolling resistance.

Goodyear says its BH03 concept could increase the popularity of EVs by lowering the ‘range anxiety’ factor that many view as a reason to avoid them.

A second concept called the “Triple Tube” is also on show at Goodyear’s Geneva show stand.

Triple Tube, as the name suggests, uses three tubes that can adjust the tyre’s pressure in response to changing road conditions.

An internal pump can ‘move’ air around the tyre to the centrally-mounted tube or either the inner or outer tube to maximise tyre response.

Three positions are available depending on road conditions: Eco / Safety, Sporty or Wet Traction.

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"These concept tyres reimagine the role that tyres may play in the future," Goodyear’s Joe Zekoski said.

"We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile."

"It is more important than ever for us to stay firmly rooted in our market-back innovation process, which calls on us to focus on, and anticipate, the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.”

Check out our Geneva tag page for more news from the 85th Geneva International Motor Show.

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