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How Nitrogen-Filled Tires Can Make Electric Vehicles Greener

Benefits of Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure with Nitrogen

Tires are designed for a specific pressure, and fuel economy improves by over 3% when that pressure is conserved. However, the US Department of Energy estimates that incorrectly inflated tires waste 3.56 million gallons of gas each year. When tires are filled with nitrogen, they lose pressure four times slower than air-filled tires. Conserving the pressure of tires improves fuel economy, and charge is used more efficiently in the case of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles bring several environmental benefits by themselves, even before adding nitrogen-filled tires. They can run with renewable energy sources, something that is not possible with gas cars. A common argument against EVs is that they provide no benefit when fossil fuels still dominate the power grid. However, this is not the case:

  • Even if a power grid still runs 100% on fossil fuels, electric vehicles reduce emissions in urban areas, concentrating them at power plants.
  • Power stations burn fossil fuels more efficiently than gas cars, and they are subject to more stringent regulations.
  • If a power grid is decarbonized in the future, electric vehicles transition to renewable sources seamlessly – they run with electricity regardless of how it is generated. On the other hand, gas cars cannot switch to clean energy, unless they are modified to become electric.

The benefits of electric vehicles are enhanced with nitrogen-filled tires, thanks to the increase in energy efficiency. However, there are still several barriers to overcome before EVs can become mainstream.

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One of the main limitations for electric vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure. However, building owners can change this by adding parking spaces with EV chargers. This way, owners of electric vehicles can get charge in places other than their homes. If these units have fast charging capabilities, they can fill up an EV during an errand such as going to the supermarket. In addition, building owners who are seeking a LEED certification can earn points by having charging stations.

Since nitrogen-filled tires increase energy efficiency in an EV, each charge lasts slightly longer. The frequency of charging cycles is reduced, and EV batteries have a longer service life as a result. This is a significant benefit, since batteries are among the most expensive components in EVs.

Using Federal Tax Credits to Incentive EVs

The government can also incentive the use of electric vehicles with legislation. Perhaps the best example is the federal tax credit for EVs, which ranges from $2,500 to $7,500 per vehicle. The benefit applies separately for vehicles from each manufacturer, and it starts to phase out when 200,000 EVs of the same brand have been sold.

The full list of eligible vehicles for the tax credit has been published by the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Note that the benefit not only covers EVs, but also plug-in electric hybrids.

Synergy Between Nitrogen-Filled Tires and Electric Vehicles

Nitrogen inflation and electric vehicles provide environmental benefits separately, and synergy is achieved when both concepts are combined. While nitrogen-filled tires reduce the energy consumption of vehicles, the use of EVs can help decarbonize transportation by switching to clean energy sources.

Nitrogen also reduces waste, since the gas is free of two corrosive agents found in the air: oxygen and water vapor. Tires not only lose pressure at a slower rate, but they also last longer. The noncorrosive nature of nitrogen is especially beneficial for metallic components of tires, such as rims. At the same time, EV batteries can have a longer service life with less frequent charging cycles.

Credit:
Michael Tobias PE, LEED, AP, CEM
Founder of Chicago Engineers, New York, NY
Mandates Integration of Energy Efficient Green Technology
To Achieve Net Zero Energy Standards

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Save Money, Be Safe, & Environmentally Conscious with Nitrogen Tires

Tires are, by far, one of the most important components of our vehicles, but are often overlooked. While some drivers are attentive, making sure their vehicle’s tires are in good working order, many drivers forget to check tires until a problem occurs such as a flat or a blowout. Among the many factors that can contribute to car accidents, surprisingly, the condition of your tires can lead to an accident and put your safety at risk.

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Road Safety & Tires

It’s good to get in the habit of checking your car’s tire pressure at least once a month and add or decrease the amount of air, based on your tire gauge’s reading. Many drivers think that a little extra or not enough air is OK for your tires, but over or underinflation in tires can be dangerous. Vehicles driving on tires underinflated by more than 25 percent are up to three times more likely to be involved in an accident related to tire issues. Additionally, under inflated tires up to 25 percent are subject to overheating and can affect the handling or overall life of your tire. Whether your tires have too much air or not enough, you crash risk is higher than if you had the proper amount of air in your tires. It’s important to know how much air your tires need as not all tires require the same amount of air; check out your car’s manual and always check your tires for general wear and tear or leaks. Regular rotation is also a must.

 

The Benefits of Nitrogen & Tire Safety

Since a great deal of road safety relies on the air pressure in a car’s tires, nitrogen is a good option for all drivers, but particularly those who don’t check their tires on a regular basis. Although filling your tires with nitrogen, rather than air, can reduce the loss of tire pressure by about one-third, nitrogen should not be a substitute for having your tires checked on a regular basis. Experts report that if tires are overinflated with nitrogen, it is far less harmful than over inflating a tire with air. Nitrogen filled tires may keep your tires safer due to less moisture inside your tires (which may contribute to corrosion on your wheels).

 

Save Money, Save the Environment

When you take care of your car’s tires, they will last longer and will need replacing less frequently. Subsequently, you are saving yourself money and not contributing to landfill waste, an issue that is still prevalent today. Replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen will not only extend the life of your tires, but due to a more consistent tire pressure, you may see a decrease in your car’s fuel usage.

Filling your tires with nitrogen can increase the life of your tires, save you some money, and keep you safer on the road. While nitrogen may not be as convenient or inexpensive as air, talk with a tire expert or a trusted mechanic for more information on where to have your tires filled with nitrogen.

 

– Nik Donovic

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Happy Holidays from Nitronomics!

happy new yearHappy holidays from everyone at Nitronomics! Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa, and see you in 2013!

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What Oxidation Does to Your Tires

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This is what oxidation can do to your tires. Prevent it with nitrogen tire inflation!

Oxygen and moisture are destructive to your tires. Oxidation can cause bubbling or flaking of the chrome finish as seen to the left, which at that point can degrade the base material of the wheel itself. Since water vapor also permeates the tire rubber, it can separate the layers and even rust the steel belts, making for an extremely unsafe driving condition.

Deterioration from oxidation isn’t localized. It spreads. It can start within the tire interior and moves outward, where it first invades the tire liner and then consumes the insulation rubber adjacent the liner. It marches inexorably outward, and as it does, the rubber itself deteriorates, losing elasticity. This decay is constantly being fueled by the fresh, and all too often moist, air injected.

It sounds costly! So, how do you prevent this and make your tires last Million Mile Tires? One way to do it is with nitrogen tire inflation? Nitrogen tire inflation takes the air and the water vapor out of your tires, and replaces it with nitrogen. Yes, air is 78 percent nitrogen, but it’s the other 22 percent that’s causing problems. It’s such a simple solution that doesn’t require a whole lot of extra time or expertise to get it done. To learn more about nitrogen tire inflation, check out Nitrofleet99.

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Nitrogen tire inflation can keep your tires healthy!
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