- Original equipment approvals for six of the ten highest-volume manufacturers
- Eight of Europe’s 15 most popular electric cars and vans with approvals for Continental tyres
- Trust in technological expertise: Continental is an original equipment supplier for electric cars from Tesla, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and many more
Continental is expanding its market share in the tyre segment for fully electric vehicles. In 2020, six of the world's ten highest-volume manufacturers of electric vehicles relied on the high technological expertise of the premium tyre manufacturer for their original equipment. These included Tesla with its Model 3 and Model S and Volkswagen with the ID.3. Also Asian manufacturers, for example BYD, one of China's largest car producers, rely on Continental tyres as original equipment for their electric vehicles. This underpins the product strategy and quality of the company's products in the electromobility segment.
“Fully electric models are now available from almost all car segments, from cabin scooters, small and mid-size cars to SUVs and high-performance sports cars. Individual tyre configurations are required for each vehicle type,” says Andreas Schlenke, tyre developer at Continental. “This means there isn’t just one tyre for all fully electric vehicles. In fact, we have already been working for over a decade on developing our existing portfolio so that they meet the requirements of all electric vehicles and, at the same time, are able to sustainably reduce emissions from combustion vehicles as well. Meanwhile, almost our entire range of tyres is optimised for all drive types and the majority of our products can be found on electric vehicles today.” For those electric vehicles that are not already equipped with Continental tyres from the factory, the manufacturer now has the equivalent summer, winter or all-season tyre in its portfolio for almost every model.