Goodyear launches EV-specific tire
Goodyear has announced and released its first-ever tire designed specifically for electric vehicles. The new ElectricDrive GT tire line focuses on efficiency and features sound technologies and an asymmetric tread pattern to reduce road noise.
“With the continued growth of the EV segment, Goodyear recognized an opportunity to provide customers with a tire designed for the unique needs of these vehicles,” explains Andrew Lau, Product Marketing Manager at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, in a recent press release.
“We know drivers are looking for a replacement tire that delivers enhanced treadwear without sacrificing performance. The ElectricDrive GT was designed with that in mind,” he adds.
Noise and range
Electric vehicles brought another dimension to automotive tires than just grip and safety. Those vehicles are heavier, which brings additional strain on the rubber; the instant torque from the electric motors also increases tire wear. Furthermore, and perhaps most noticeably for drivers, with the lack of noise from the powertrain, road noise levels can be perceived as higher in an EV.
To that end, Goodyear has worked on a new EV-specific tire. According to the American company, the new ElectricDrive GT tire range is equipped with Goodyear’s SoundComfort Technology and has an asymmetric tread pattern to reduce road noise.
In addition, a tire developed specifically for electric cars should deliver an improved range. Starting in 19-inch XL size, the new Goodyear ElectricDrive GT will be available for Tesla models in North America in early 2022.
To every EV its tire
Goodyear isn’t the only tire brand developing EV-specific rubber. German Continental has already been working on the matter, taking into account the increased weight, tread wear, and noise of EVs to create its EcoContact 6. The tire is currently a standard fit on numerous Tesla models and the new Volkswagen ID.3.
French tire maker Michelin has, for its part, been concentrating on electric sports cars. Its Pilot Sport EV tire is said to have better resistance to wear in conditions of high torque and acceleration forces thanks to knowledge gained from Formula E.
And Bridgestone was one of the first to produce special tires for EVs, i.e., the BMW i3, in 2014. Moreover, it has already made gains with many legacy automakers that have EVs in production. For example, it also supplies Volkswagen’s ID. models with tires, and in 2023, the company aims to increase supplies to European brands and launch retail sales for customers.
Bridgestone also has plans to supply tires to Fisker’s upcoming electric SUV that’s supposed to enter production late next year. It also wants to manufacture tires for electric trucks. The Rivian R1T was the first electric truck to enter production earlier this month. The Hummer EV and F-150 Lightning electric trucks are due for production at the end of the year and early next year, respectively.