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Electric and hybrid SUVs –

more mobility, lower emissions

SUVs that care about sustainability

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!

The characteristic features of electric and hybrid SUVs at a glance

What sets electric or hybrid SUVs apart

What makes electric and hybrid SUVs different

What sets electric or hybrid SUVs apart from combustion-fueled models?

  • Reduced or even zero emissions
  • No engine noise
  • Eco-friendly, especially when powered by renewable energy
  • Heavier than fuel-powered SUV, due to battery weight
  • Instant torque delivering instant acceleration
  • Tyres: low rolling resistance to save energy and deliver the maximum range between charges; low tyre/road noise transmission for passenger comfort; aerodynamic sidewall design.

How hybrid and electric car weight impacts SUV tyres

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An electric or hybrid SUV is easy to charge at home

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.

How instant torque impacts electric and hybrid SUV tyres

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The whole family can help load an electric SUV while it charges

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.

See what electric SUVs can do


We believe in electric mobility in all its forms. To uncover its full potential, we have to explore all the possibilities e-powered vehicles offer. That is why we support the new all-electric SUV racing series Extreme E as founding sponsor. The high-performance SUVs prove that sustainable mobility isn’t just good for the planet, but also powerful, exciting and adventurous. Tune in to find out how the Extreme E SUV busts e-mobility myths.

Expert-recommended tyres for your electric and hybrid SUV

Find out how the advanced Green Chili™ compound optimises every aspect of the EcoContact™ 6.

Electric and hybrid SUV FAQ – you asked, we answer…

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Can I take my SUV off-road?

Most SUVs certainly can go off-road. Just make sure you know the conditions and have the right tyres.

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Which SUV tyres are best suited to my vehicle?
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How do I find out the correct SUV tyre pressure?
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