A new all-position tire has been specifically designed by Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) to accelerate the adoption of electric buses. The Bridgestone R192E benefits from an ultra-low rolling resistance and a high load capacity, both important characteristics for electric vehicle tires.
The R192E tire features several gripping edges, cross-rib sipes and wide grooves to provide a high level of grip on wet roads, and a groove fence to improve handling and reduce noise levels. To ensure a longer service life the tire has an all-steel casing and belts, a 21/32″ tread depth and reinforced sidewalls to minimize the chance of damage. It also has a thick tread gauge, and an advanced base tread compound enables the tire to be re-treaded if necessary.
The tire is intended to increase daily electric vehicle ranges in addition to maximizing vehicle operation on a single charge and is compatible with all bus types.
When paired with Bandag re-treads, the R192E can contribute to improving a fleet’s performance as well as maximizing its positive environmental impact, Bridgestone says. By re-treading fuel efficiency and casing life can be increased, which results in savings for fleet operators.
“Electric buses will play a crucial role in eliminating city-center emissions and traffic congestion, which is why we are proud to introduce the first Bridgestone commercial tire developed for electric buses,” said Chris Ripani, president, commercial truck, Bridgestone Americas.
“The Bridgestone R192E is not only an innovative tire solution, but a leading example of how Bridgestone is taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to a more sustainable world through its products, services and solutions.”