Bridgestone has been selected as a supplier to the Audi e-tron. The tire manufacturer will supply six different tires from 19in to 21in – four summer and two winter sizes – as original fitments.
Bridgestone’s Alenza 001 summer tire is specially designed for SUVs. It has a block structure that optimizes contact with the road to improve steering response on corners and stability when driving on a straight. It achieves an A grade for wet grip on the EU label.
In winter conditions, the Blizzak LM 001 is said to provide dependable cornering and handling on wet, dry, icy, slushy and snowy roads. The tread of the tire features a high-silica compound imbued with Bridgestone’s Nano Pro-Tech polymer to ensure good grip.
All the tires selected are low rolling resistance, helping the e-tron to travel 400km on a single charge. They are also highly resistant and designed to be responsive to the demands of the e-tron.
Bridgestone’s B-Silent technology minimizes in-vehicle noise; the hollow spaces within the tire are filled to reduce echo, and the tire walls and structure are reinforced to reduce vibration and reverberation from the movement of the tires on the road.
“We are pleased to have been chosen by Audi to provide tires as original equipment for their first-ever fully electric vehicle,” said Mark Tejedor, VP of original equipment at Bridgestone EMEA.
“Audi has created a vehicle that is innovative, environmentally friendly and offers incredible driving comfort. It is only logical that it is being paired with Bridgestone tires that offer the same characteristics.”