Electric vehicles and low emission hybrid cars are driving the transformation of mobility as we know it. This means it’s time to learn more about the high-tech, sustainable tyres that keep them rolling into an emission-free future. While we don’t quite have to reinvent the wheel, we have to rethink many aspects of the tyre as we know it to ensure optimum performance. Find out about changing tyre requirements, our tyre innovations and the latest tyre tech for the electric age.
Compared to combustion cars, electric drive technology lowers engine noise, emissions, maintenance and running costs. However, one consequence of the many electric vehicle benefits is a significant increase in weight. Batteries are heavy and their weight places additional strain on electric car tyres.
Electric car tyre torque also has a positive and negative side. On the one hand, it means instant acceleration. On the other, this instant torque places additional strain on the tyre.
Learn what our tyre expert Nels explains about the meaning of tyre performance for electric vehicles:
Choosing the right tyres for electric vehicles is essential for an EV‘s efficiency, braking performance and mileage. Here’s what to consider when buying new tyres for electric or hybrid cars:
By purchasing an e-car or hybrid, you’ve already bought into the future of mobility. Round off your cutting-edge car with forward-looking equipment by choosing tyres designed to complement electric vehicle technology. Our premium tyre lines include state-of-the-art tyre technologies, that already meet the tyre requirements for today's electric vehicles.
Buying tyres that can carry the weight of your car is always important. Electric, hybrid, petrol or diesel, the tyre most suited to a vehicle and its owner is not defined by how the car is fuelled. Regardless of your engine type, the correct load is crucial when selecting the right tyre for your vehicle.
A tyre’s rolling resistance takes on an even greater importance for electric cars. Lower rolling resistance means increased electric range and higher efficiency, while also contributing to your car’s overall sustainability. Our EcoContact™ 6 strikes an optimal balance between tyre size and component distribution. A high-tech compound provides robust connections between the silica and the rubber. This allows an optimal adaptation to varying road conditions, which ultimately improves the tyre’s rolling resistance and consumption.
More weight also means longer braking distance. A good tyre can make up for that, so it’s important to use the best rubber compound possible. Our EcoContact™ 6, for example, relies on its premium Green Chilli 2.0 compound with grip additives for improved braking performance, even for heavier EVs.
In the absence of engine sound, low noise tyres contribute to a smooth and silent driving experience by reducing the amount of tyre noise transferred to the passenger cabin. Our tyre technology ContiSilent™ is a tyre noise-reducing technology which is designed to reduce interior noise on all road surfaces and leads to a greater comfort. ContiSilent™ helps reduce interior vehicle noise up to 9 dB(A), depending on the type of vehicle, its speed and the road surface. It is also available for the EcoContact™ 6 and is compatible with all commonly available rims.
Electric vehicles boast instant torque, meaning they accelerate the second you put the pedal to the metal. However, the high instant torque of electric vehicles can also increase wear and tear. In addition to good grip, the rubber compound used for EV tyres also needs low rolling resistance.
Continental’s tyre innovation specialists have risen to the challenges of the mobility revolution. For instance, the EcoContact™ 6 addresses the specific issues raised by the increased weight of EVs and hybrids. It helps to balance the need for low rolling resistance, high grip and sturdiness. Also our other premium tyre lines from Continental with their state-of-the-art tyre technologies already meet the tyre requirements that arise for today's electric vehicles.
To increase EV tyre longevity, maintenance is especially important. As with other tyres, you should check the air pressure of your electric vehicle tyres regularly and adjust if necessary. Correct wheel alignment will reduce tyre wear and should be checked every 6 months, or sooner if you have hit a curb, pothole or other obstacle. An expert can check excessive wear, especially on the inside edge of the tyre, and will recommend alignment or rotation, as needed.
If possible, replace tyres with original equipment models, which were not only designed for the needs of electric vehicles, but specifically made to fit the precise model you are driving. We have provided original equipment tyres for Tesla and the Volkswagen ID.3.