You need a car that fits your eclectic lifestyle. An SUV is the perfect choice, as it combines the comfort of a luxury sedan with the cargo and passenger space of a van, plus off-road abilities thrown in for weekend fun. However, your car choice isn’t all about you. It’s also about its impact on your carbon footprint. You are part of the rising tide of eco-conscious car owners who care as much about emissions and efficiency as they do about power and performance. Luckily, today’s electric and hybrid SUVs offer both!
What sets electric or hybrid SUVs apart from combustion-fueled models?
The first thing you need to know about electric and hybrid SUVs is a somewhat surprising fact that has a massive impact on the tyres required. To ride in a virtually silent EV as it smoothly rolls along, you could easily think that this gently humming machine was light as a feather. It just seems so effortless, weightless even. In reality, the opposite is true. Batteries weigh a lot, so even small or mid-size electric cars are significantly heavier than gas engine vehicles. This additional weight places more strain on the wheels, so tyres for electric and hybrid SUVs have a stronger sidewall. Of course, you always have to check the load capacity when buying new tyres, but it is important to be aware of the implications an electric car’s weight has.
The other thing that is special about electric SUVs is instant torque. On the positive side, it delivers instant acceleration, but on the negative side, it places a lot more strain on the tyres than the more gradual acceleration from gas engines. Instant torque leads to increased tyre wear, so the rubber compound used for tyres fitted on electric and hybrid SUVs is selected and developed for its robustness.
Other factors to consider when choosing tyres for electric and hybrid tyres:
An electric SUV’s increased weight also increases its braking distance. Pay special attention to the rubber compound used in EV tyres to ensure you get the best grip possible.
Low-friction tyres are always a good idea. After all, rolling resistance impact efficiency, mileage, tyre wear and road noise. Depending on whether you want to take your e-SUV off-road, you will have to find the best possible compromise between a smooth tread with minimum rolling resistance and a sturdy grip for all-terrain driving.
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