Choosing the right Electric Vehicle tires for your EV can help you get the best performance and maximum range between each charge. Tires for Electric Vehicles are one of the few recurring expenses you will have, no oil changes, tune ups, engine maintenance and repairs, etc. You will find the latest information to help you find the best tires for your EV here at EVtires.com. You want to squeeze every mile out of your EV so making the right tire choice is important. Think of Electric Vehicle tires as your ‘last mile home tires’ and EVtires.com as your first stop to make the right EV tire purchase.
"Electric Vehicles demand more of everything tires. They lack the roar of an engine to drown out the brain-numbing drone of rubber on asphalt, so quiet matters. Range is crucial, so the tires must play their part in pulling every mile from every watt. The torquey performance demands rubber stout enough to keep up. And electrics are expensive enough without worrying about buying them new shoes every few thousand miles." Wired.
A tire that sticks to the road will be able to handle the instant torque of an EV much better but will create a bit more resistance and thus can drain more power from the battery. But with more surface area contacting the road it will be a loud tire and no ICE engine to drown out the extra noise. You need to choose a ‘Goldilocks’ tire with grip that won’t be too loud but will give you that stuck to the road feel with every turn of the wheel.
It’s not always the case that the tires that came with your EV are the best tires for your vehicle. In some cases it may have been chosen by the manufacturer because it was the best value. YOU may want to buy the tire that gives you the best performance and get you the most fun out of your EV and may not mind a modest increase in tire noise. Someone else may be annoyed by any extra noise and wish to choose a tire based on value, etc.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
Of course there are other considerations when choosing a tire for your electric vehicle such as seasonal variations. While all season tires are the most popular, is an all season tire your best choice if you’re number one goal is high performance and handling? If you will not be driving in snow often or have experience driving on snowy roads the trade off in performance may not be worth it.
When it comes to purchasing tires, “a good place to start is to consider buying the same ones that came on the car,” says Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for car site Edmunds.com. If you like the way the car rides and handles, buy the original equipment, or OE, tires your car came with from the manufacturer. But if you want to change the ride characteristics of your car, you’ll need to do a bit more research." EVtires.com would add that tire tech and information may have changed since you purchased your EV. Staying up to date on the fast changing technology and purchase options for electric vehicle tires is very important.
You will find the latest information on EV tires here at EVtires.com. We will be adding and updating much more information on tires for electric vehicles and purchase options for your Electric Vehicle tires throughout 2019.
(purchase options coming soon)
New 9/23/2018 - From Mark Kane at InsideEVs:
Continental Tire debuts Conti e.motionPro Electric Vehicle tire.
The MAN CitE, unveiled at the 2018 IAA, was equipped with Conti e.MotionPro tires specifically designed for electric trucks under a joint project with Continental. According to Continental, temporarily electric vehicles can be fitted with conventional tires, but in the future, that will change. As the volume of sales increases, there will be a possibility to produce proprietary tires that will address specifics of EVs, which include:
For more see the InsideEVs article here.
Michelin currently makes the Michelin Energy E-V tire which is advertised as a tire that was exclusively designed for electric vehicles. The tire is supposed to offer a 20% reduction in rolling resistance, for up to almost 4 more miles, and 40% less interior noise.
The latest product to join the Continental line-up is a special tire for hybrid vehicles that features a 30 percent drop in rolling resistance compared to a standard tire. With this rubber fitted, hybrid models can reduce the distances covered with the help of their internal combustion engines and increase the stretches traveled in electric mode. The tire developers at Continental have not had to compromise on safety-relevant properties to achieve this improved rolling resistance, as evidenced by the A ratings that the tire has won on the EU Tire Label for both rolling resistance and braking distances in the wet.
October 2018: Hankook tire has introduced the concept Hankook Kinergy AS EV tire for Electric Vehicles. The new EV tire uses vegetable oil resin from trees that is better on wet roads, deals with high torque well, and improves handling and braking, not to mention the fact that it is shown to increase range.
At the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear unveiled the “EfficientGrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology”, which they claim will reduce the wear from high torque.
Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa, says that they are working to bring the technology to market next year.
“The combination of increasing regulations to reduce emissions, the desire to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and rapid gains in battery technology is creating an ideal environment for electric vehicles. We are working with automakers to introduce our Electric Drive Technology next year designed to address the unique performance requirements of this growing vehicle segment.”