Global Air Cylinder Wheels (GACW) has literally reinvented the wheel. They have developed a new type of wheel that dispenses with polluting rubber tires.
Many companies have tried to come up with new tire solutions, with Tesla possibly leaning towards airless tires, but none have been successful so far.
The so-called “Air Suspension Wheel (ASW)” is the brainchild of inventor and engineer Dr. Zoltan Kemeny. The patented ASW is a mechanical wheel built mainly in steel with pneumatic suspension in the wheels by means of cylinders.
The ASW is designed to have the same service life as the vehicle on which it is mounted. Then, unlike rubber tires, it can be completely reconditioned or recycled.
GACW currently focuses on the OTR mining market. OTR mining rubber tires are expensive: for example, a typical 13,000 pound tire can cost up to $75,000 for a useful life of only 6-9 months.
It’s a big expense for a product that doesn’t last. In contrast, ASW lasts as long as the vehicle itself and therefore saves up to 60% on costs.
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Another key feature of the ASW is the greatly reduced rolling resistance. This will make combustion engines more efficient and reduce emission gases. For electric cars, like Tesla, this would mean driving range can be extended by up to 30% with the same battery.
Rubber OTR tires are also a huge safety hazard as blowouts are common. But with ASW, overheated tires and blowouts are a thing of the past.
Last but not least: OTR rubber tires are extremely polluting. In the mining industry, most rubber tires are not recycled. At the end of their natural life, rubber OTR tires are often burned or buried in the ground because recycling is complicated, dangerous and expensive. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health estimated that tires account for up to 10% of all microplastic waste in the world’s oceans. A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature raised that figure to 28%.
Instead, ASWs are 100% recyclable.
Although GACW initially focuses on the OTR sector, which includes mining, the global tire market is much larger and the company has plans to enter it as well. That said, the initial focus on mining could generate more than $20 million in revenue per mine, given the significant number of vehicles involved in each mining project.
And although the company may have competitors in the mid-size market, it has no competitors in the global OTR sector.
In addition to this market, ASW technology can be applied to all vehicles currently using traditional rubber tires.