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The electric vehicle (EV) market is growing and with the switch to total electric or hybrid cars coming in the near future, many people are choosing an Electric or hybrid vehicle to replace their diesel or petrol engine car now.
As this market emerges, tyre manufacturers are working closely with vehicle manufacturers to produce the best tyres for their electric vehicles which can have some additional requirements to their standard tyre range. If you imagine an electric vehicle is much quieter than a combustion engine, meaning that any road noise from the tyres is extremely obvious and can be very annoying for the driver.
EV cars are also heavier than a traditional vehicle due to the battery weight, meaning that the tyres have to carry a heavier load, it also means that they need to withstand increased torque which an EV provides, but not so much so that it reduces the range of the vehicle.
This means that it's important to consider the right tyres for your EV or hybrid vehicle when it comes to changing them.
It's important to consult the manufacturer's recommendations for tyre specifications, including size, load rating, and speed rating. Additionally, discussing your specific driving habits and needs with a tyre professional can help you choose the best tyres for your electric vehicle.
An EV tyre has been designed to deal with the considerations mentioned above, with instant torque available on these vehicles it can impact the wear and tear of tyres so alongside good grip, EV tyres also need to have a low rolling resistance to help keep the vehicle range and ensure the tyres don't wear prematurely.
Just like any other vehicle, the climate and season where you drive can influence your choice of tyres, in the UK an all season tyre may be your best option for optimal traction in all weather conditions.
All of the main manufacturers including Continental, Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone are working with the vehicle manufacturers to produce EV tyres which are designed perfectly to work with specific models of hybrid and electric vehicles. Their Research and Development departments work closely with the vehicle manufacturers throughout the design process to come up with the best tyre solution for that vehicle which is then fitted as original equipment when you purchase the car and can be purchased from us as an afterfit solution.
Our friendly team of tyre experts are here to help advise on the best product for your vehicle and driving requirements so if you have any queries, please get in touch or pop into your local Just Tyres centre, where they'll be happy to help.