Patrick Oliva, Michelin, at the 2010 Detroit auto show

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Dr. Patrick Oliva is the global Vice President of sustainable development for the Michelin Group.

Dr. Oliva talked to us after he gave a speech at the Detroit auto show. Michelin has a special place in my heart. Edouard Michelin was a wonderful man who was taken from us all to soon. He didn’t just start Challenge Bibendum, the sustainable mobility convention, he believed it. Michelin Corporation continues Edouard’s inspiration by building tires that the utmost in safety and fuel efficiency.

Michelin started in 1992 with fuel efficient tires. This is their fifth tire.

Today, about 45 percent of the oil extracted worldwide is used for road transport.

Of the fuel used by passenger cars, up to 20 percent is directly related to tire rolling resistance. It’s more for buses and trucks, he says, over thirty percent.

That equates to about 9 percent of total global oil consumption that is directly related to tire use.

Nine percent equals eight million barrels of oil a day.

That is not how much it takes to manufacture a tire, but the use of energy. The quantity of energy used to make a tire is minimal.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.