Vredestein says it will debut a new tyre specifically developed for electric vehicles (EVs) later this year and has shared a few details about this upcoming all-season product. Apollo Tyres, which manufactures the Vredestein brand, is currently evaluating the tyre through computer simulation and at proving grounds around the world following a “major new research and development programme” that includes close collaboration with leading car makers.
Vredestein has been a strong player within the all-season market since the early 1990s, and Apollo Tyres says it is now harnessing this expertise to bring “new levels of innovation” to the EV tyre segment.
“The vast majority of EVs currently in production are fitted as standard with tyres that have not been specifically developed for EVs,” comments Daniele Lorenzetti, chief technology officer at Apollo Tyres. “Provided the dimensions, load index and speed rating are correct for the car, any Vredestein-brand tyre will be suitable for use on any EV, and we receive very positive feedback from drivers who fit our tyres to their EVs. However, as the EV market becomes better established, it is logical that car manufacturers and customers consider the potential benefits of tyres developed specifically for EVs.”
New approaches to design & materials
Lorenzetti explains that a number of factors specific to EVs are influencing tyre development to an ever greater extent. “Compared to 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 tyre.
“In addition, because EVs create little noise from the powertrain, other sources of noise – including the tyres – become more noticeable within the cabin. Many EV owners also value any means by which they can maximise driving range between charges, so rolling resistance becomes an even more important requirement.”
Lorenzetti continues: “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 tyre that offers a number of important class-leading attributes.
“Being able to draw upon the experience of a European R&D team with an innovation-focused culture has been invaluable. It has already helped us secure multiple awards in independent group tests and maintain a leading position in the all-season segment, and it will continue to pay dividends as we implement the pre-production testing phase for the new EV tyre,” Lorenzetti concludes.
Meeting diverse market expectations
Apollo Tyres considers itself “very well-positioned” to make sure any future EV-specific Vredestein tyre offers “market-leading standards of performance, efficiency and value.” The company is monitoring the fast-growing EV segment and will work to offer a product portfolio that “meets the diverse needs and expectations of the market.”
Vredestein will announce further details about the tyre, including its name and the range of sizes, at a later date.