Hankook has announced it will be supplying tires for Volkswagen’s first electric SUV, the ID.4, which will be fitted with the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev, designed specifically for electric vehicles and the demands of their drive systems.
The tire will be fitted to the ID.4 in sizes 18-21in, and the ID.4 GTX in 20in and 21in. Selected tires in the 18-21in range will feature the company’s Sealguard puncture protection, a technology that seals punctures up to 5mm in diameter within the tread area.
“The prototypes of various electric vehicles from VW were already running on Hankook tires,” commented Sanghoon Lee, president, Hankook Tire Europe. “We are pleased to be able to further expand and support the portfolio of alternative drive systems with the ID.4 tires together with our long-standing global original equipment partner Volkswagen. With this, we want to make an additional, important contribution to sustainable mobility.”
To meet the requirements of the new electric SUV, the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tires feature a low tare weight double-layer carcass made from a high-performance fiber to improve vehicle stability, and a lower rolling resistance to increase vehicle range.
The tread compound of the S1 evo 3 ev has also been developed and adapted to provide high levels of grip in both wet and dry driving scenarios, alongside meeting the requirements of the electric vehicle’s high drive torque characteristics.
Due to a reduced sidewall height, the 20in version of the tire features an extra steel-based reinforcement in the bead area to increase sidewall stiffness, and to ensure a direct steering response.