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Cities Roll on Eight Lines of Tires With Soy

Goodyear tire made with soy.

Watch our video to see how your soy checkoff funds drive demand for U.S. Soy through partnerships that introduce soy-biobased products that deliver sustainable and high-performing solutions. Hear from an environmentally conscious business owner and the District of Columbia Department of Public Works Tire and Tow Shop Manager, who explains how the use of Goodyear’s soy-based tires are helpful to his work that cares for 4,000 government vehicles and equipment. Soy checkoff funds are instrumental in supporting Goodyear’s research and development as well as in educating major fleets about the benefits of U.S. Soy in tires, lubricants, cleaning supplies and hundreds of other choices for fleets, facilities and roads.


As a result of USB’s partnership with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, four of the nation’s fleets have switched to tires made with soy: New York City; Cobb County, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; and Madison, Wisconsin. Soy checkoff funds are instrumental in supporting Goodyear’s research and development as well as in educating major fleets about the benefits of U.S. Soy in tires.

City transit buses are one of the eight choices that Goodyear offers with a sustainable soybean oil compound. The majority of Goodyear Metro Miler™ G152 and G652 tires now use soybean oil to displace petroleum while delivering the same performance benefits.

“The use of soybean oil in the majority of the Metro Miler G152 and G652 tires in production today is a significant Goodyear innovation that reduces the amount of petroleum-based materials needed for production,” said Dustin Lancy, commercial product marketing manager, Goodyear North America.

“U.S. soybean farmers as well as cities and the people who ride their buses all benefit from Goodyear’s introduction of their first city transit tires made with soy,” said USB Director Susan Watkins, a soybean farmer from Sutherland, Virginia. “The availability of these tires responds to what we have heard from fleet leaders from across the nation — they want more tires with soy for sustainability and performance.”

The change is an important step in Goodyear’s journey to fully replace petroleum-derived oils by 2040.

Goodyear offers the following tires with soybean oil in their compounds:

  • Assurance WeatherReady® is Goodyear’s Grand Touring all-season tire designed for the drivers of family sedans, coupes, crossovers, SUVs and minivans.
  • Assurance ComfortDrive® all-season tires offer comfort, performance and sustainability with ComfortFlex Technology, designed for smoother transitions and impact absorption.
  • Eagle Enforcer All Weather™ police tires provide year-round, responsive performance for police vehicles that handle demanding operating conditions.
  • Eagle Exhilarate® line, aimed at the ultra-high-performance market drivers, is designed to offer better traction and handling for faster acceleration and more precise control, especially in wet weather.
  • Endurance® WHA® is designed to keep waste haul fleets on the road longer with a dual-layer tread compound that helps optimize treadwear. The Endurance WHA comes with optional built-in DuraSeal Technology® that instantly seals tread punctures.
  • Two lines of Metro Miler’s G152 and G652 lines for transit buses feature technology designed to resist sidewall damage, enhance toughness and provide long tread life.
  • Wrangler® Workhorse® HT tires are a good choice for a number of all-terrain vehicles, including the Ford Explorer, Escape and F-Series; the Chevrolet Silverado, Traverse and Tahoe; the Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner; the GMC Acadia, Yukon and Sierra; and the Honda CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot.

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