Europe’s First All-Season EV Tire Developed

A European tire manufacturer has released what it claims is the continent’s first all-season tires dedicated to BEVs and hybrid vehicles.

Apollo Tyres has confirmed that the new Vredestein Quatrac Pro EV, which goes on sale in December, will debut a range of advanced design features and materials. Developed for year-round use, the tire has been created to deliver greater driving range while providing superior levels of grip and traction in all conditions, including ice and snow.

The EV tire has been benchmarked against the current range of award-winning Vredestein all-season tires. The company claims its computer simulations and real-world test program suggested that the new tire delivers superior levels of grip, helps increased driving range thanks to its lower rolling resistance and lighter construction, has a lower environmental impact, produces less noise, delivers a quieter and more comfortable ride and reduces braking distances.

In addition, the tire has been engineered so that less CO2 is generated during production, contributing to a reduced whole-life carbon impact. It will be manufactured at Apollo Tyres’ two European production facilities, in Enschede in the Netherlands and Gyöngyöshalász in Hungary.

Its all-weather performance is certified to the highest industry standards for an all-season tyre, allowing it to carry the benchmark ‘Three Peak Mountain Snowflake’ symbol on its sidewall, which confirms its proficiency in winter conditions. Among the ‘firsts’ for the tire is a blend of fourth-generation polymers and ‘smart’ silica in the tread, which boosts wet-surface grip while also delivering low levels of rolling resistance. To reduce energy consumption in use, the construction of the tire is significantly lighter, thanks to its thinner sidewalls, lower apex and lighter belt material.

It also features a number of new EV-specific design characteristics. These include longitudinal grooves with much steeper flanks to brace against higher cornering loads and an outside shoulder that is wider than the inner shoulder to resist deformation and improve dry and wet handling.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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