Mitsubishi i-MiEV to Wear Yokohama Prototype Tires

A special vehicle is in need of special tires, must have said Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi, who decided to call tire specialist Yokohama and ask them to shoe the iMiEV vehicle with a prototype low rolling resistance tires.

Manufactured at the Yokohama Rubber Company plant in Japan, one of the greenest facilities in the world, the tires will be fitted on the car's wheels for a tour which will start in St. John’s in Canada on August 17 and end in Vancouver on September 13.

“We’re not only creating a tire with extremely low rolling resistance but one that will be made from more renewable resources than a conventional tire, in facilities that break new ground in waste recovery and re-use,” Jonathon Karelse, Yokohama Canada national marketing manager said in a statement.

“That makes Yokohama the ideal partner for an innovative program like the Mitsubishi ‘Clean Across Canada’ tour.”

Of course, being in prototype stage, the manufacturer didn't release the specs of the tires. Eight of them will be tested on iMiEV vehicles.

The i-MiEV is available in Japan since July 2009 and was very well received by customers. By the end of 2010, i-MiEV will be available on the European market, complete with a charging system compatible with European 220/240V outlets. The car will also retail in the US in the near future.

As for Yokohama, the tire maker is not at its first involvement with green endeavors. Earlier this year, Yokohama began supporting the Sunstang solar car, a program developed by the University of Western Ontario.
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