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The Best Tyres for Electric Cars

As the popularity of EV & Hybrid vehicles continues to rise, it’s become necessary for tyre manufacturers to produce specialist electric vehicle tyres.

Electric vehicles are heavier than traditional vehicles which calls for a tyre which is specially designed to withstand this extra weight. EV tyres also have to provide enough grip to cope with increased torque without reducing the vehicle range.

It’s highly likely that you’ve chosen your EV based on factors such as efficiency, braking performance and mileage – to ensure these characteristics are maintained choosing the right tyres for electric vehicles is essential.

 

Do electric cars need special tyres?

Yes. EV’s have unique requirements when it comes to tyres so it’s worth doing your research before investing. Electric vehicle tyres have to cope with extra weight & rapid acceleration. As there is no engine noise EV tyres also have to be as quiet as possible.

Many EV owners choose their vehicle based on the “range” or mileage possible in a single charge. To protect this range the tyres are designed to have a low “rolling-resistance” (low friction between the tyre & road surface).

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So if you’re looking to buy specialist electric vehicle tyres for your EV you’ll have to consider much more than simply selecting the correct tyre size. Thankfully, many tyre manufacturers have developed EV tyre technology for drivers who’ve made the switch to electric motoring.

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Extra vehicle weight

EV’s are heavier than traditional vehicles thanks to the electric battery. You’ll need a tyre that is substantially reinforced to ensure it can carry this weight effectively.

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Maximise range

New electric vehicle’s can now be driven for longer on a single charge. They need a tyre with a low rolling resistance to ensure the electric vehicle range is maximised.

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Low noise ratings

EV’s have no engine noise & are very quiet to drive. The main noise you’ll hear in an EV will come from the tyres on the road surface which is why you’ll need a very quiet tyre.

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Increased torque

Electric vehicles accelerate more rapidly & because they’re heavier take longer to stop. Therefore, they require a tyre that delivers precision handling & grip.

Extra weight + increased torque = more strain on tyres

Tyres for heavy electric vehicles

“HL” rated tyres for electric vehicles

Electric cars are much heavier than traditional combustion engine vehicles thanks to the extra weight of the EV battery. When designing suitable tyres for the EV tyre manufacturers have had to take this extra weight into account. Specialist EV tyres with reinforced sidewalls have been developed to support this extra weight and have designated an “HL” mark. HL on a tyre stands for heavy load and is typically at least three load indexes higher than a standard Extra Load (XL).

It’s important to consider that the heavier a vehicle is, the longer it will take to stop. EV tyres are developed to deliver increased traction to help shorten stopping distances.

Heavy load rated tyre for electric cars
Michelin electric vehicle tyre with acoustic technology

Quiet tyres for electric cars

Part of the pleasure in driving an EV is the almost silent cabin. As there is no engine noise, EV’s have adaptations to even small components such as wing mirrors so they’re as quiet as possible.

If you fit tyres which don’t have a low-noise rating the road will be all you can hear! Electric vehicle tyres usually contain acoustic technology, meaning they have a layer of foam inside the tyre that helps absorb sound. A fairly simple solution but one you’ll want to benefit from if you’re the owner of an electric car. Explore our quality electric car tyre range:

Electric car range

Although the range of EV’s has increased dramatically, with the latest models providing over 250 miles of use in a single charge, it’s still a comparatively lengthy process to recharge the vehicle. In traditional petrol & diesel vehicles it takes just a matter of minutes to refuel however an EV can take over 4 hours to recharge.

Ensuring you fit tyres that have a lower rolling resistance with conserve this charge meaning you’ll get more mileage from your electric car. Low rolling resistance tyres can help to extend an EVs range by up to 12%, This isn’t much for a car with a range of 80 miles (130km), but for newer cars with ranges in excess of 250 miles (400km), a tyre with an EU tyre label value of ‘A’ could benefit from an additional 30 miles (50km) per charge compare to a ‘C’ rated tyre.

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Is EV tyre performance better?

Electric cars can have exceptionally powerful acceleration capabilities and require a tyre that will react predictably allowing for steering precision & safer, shorter stopping distances – vital when you consider the extra weight of these powerful vehicles.

The car’s maximum power is always available and the electric motor is capable of producing maximum torque from standing. They are capable of accelerating surprising quickly, with no need for gear changes they’re exceptionally smooth and fast to drive.

That power coupled with the extra weight from the EV battery puts the tyres under a tremendous amount of strain. To ensure EV tyres can withstand this strain & last as long as traditional vehicle tyres, designers had adapted both the rubber compound & tread pattern.

How long do EV tyres last?

This is a common question which unfortunately doesn’t have a straightforward answer. Whilst most people think EV tyres will wear more quickly due to the extra vehicle weight & increased torque, this isn’t always the case and depends on the individual vehicle.

EV’s are powerful, heavy vehicles and even when fitted with specialist EV tyres they require frequent maintenance to prevent premature tyre wear.

Any issue with wheel balancing, alignment or incorrect pressure will have an impact on tyre wear much more quickly than with tyres fitted to a petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle.

EV tyre pressure

We’d recommend electric car owners get into the habit of checking tyre pressures every 2 weeks to ensure no strain is put on the tyre structure by under or over inflation.

Electric car wheel alignment

Regular wheel alignment checks are essential if you own an electric car. Any misalignment could cause rapid wear on the edges of the tyre. Thankfully alignment checks can be carried out free of charge in any of our branches.

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