Goodyear Announces Carbon Black 'First'

May 10, 2023

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has developed a new tread formulation for its ElectricDrive GT ultra-high performance all-season tire.

The tire, which is made for electric vehicles, contains carbon black produced by methane pyrolysis.

"This tire, which will be manufactured with this specific carbon black, is the first tire for sale in the industry to have this type of carbon black produced by Monolith," say Goodyear officials.

"Carbon black is a key ingredient in tires, providing compounds in the tires with strength, improved tear resistance, and increased abrasion resistance. While traditional carbon black commonly comes from the combustion of fossil fuel oils, Monolith’s plasma-based process takes advantage of renewable electricity to complete methane pyrolysis and results in the output of only carbon and hydrogen, with no combustion required.

"Methane pyrolysis allows for the splitting of the methane molecule into the constituent elements - carbon and hydrogen."

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