Apollo Tyres has confirmed it will launch a new all-season, Vredestein-branded electric vehicle (EV) specific tire in 2022.
The tire maker has undertaken a major research and development program and worked closely with several OEMs to ensure the tire meets the varying requirements of EVs. At present, Apollo is evaluating the new tire through computer simulations and at dedicated hot- and cold-weather test facilities.
“The vast majority of EVs currently in production are fitted as standard with tires that have not been specifically developed for EVs,” explained Daniele Lorenzetti, chief technology officer at Apollo Tyres. “Provided the dimensions, load index and speed rating are correct for the car, any Vredestein-brand tire will be suitable for use on any EV, and we receive very positive feedback from drivers who fit our tires to their EVs. However, as the EV market becomes better established, it is logical that car manufacturers and customers consider the potential benefits of tires developed specifically for EVs.”
Lorenzetti explained that several EV-specific factors are having a growing influence on tire development.
“Compared with cars with combustion engines, EVs typically weigh more, generate higher torque from standstill and deliver greater straight-line acceleration. Together, these factors place increased loads on the tire. In addition, because EVs create little noise from the powertrain, other sources of noise – including the tires – become more noticeable within the cabin. Many EV owners also value any means by which they can maximize driving range between charges, so rolling resistance becomes an even more important requirement.”
Lorenzetti continued, “We have explored new approaches to design and the use of advanced materials for the structure and tread compound. It means we expect to deliver a premium-quality Vredestein EV tire that offers a number of important class-leading attributes.
For the Vredestein-branded EV tire, Apollo Tyres will draw on previous all-season expertise to improve innovations within the segment.
“Being able to draw upon the experience of a European R&D team with an innovation-focused culture has been invaluable. It will continue to pay dividends as we implement the pre-production testing phase for the new EV tire,” concluded Lorenzetti.