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Choosing the right tyres for an electric vehicle

When it comes to selecting tyres, many drivers often focus solely on performance and safety. However, the environmental impact of tyre selection is equally important. Every tyre choice we make can contribute to either reducing or increasing our carbon footprint. From manufacturing processes to rolling resistance, the decisions we make at the garage can have a significant effect on the environment.

Modern tyre engineers have recognised the importance of reducing rolling resistance. With advancements in technology, tyres can now be designed to minimise the energy lost as the tyre rolls along the road. By reducing rolling resistance, vehicles can achieve better fuel efficiency, resulting in lower emissions. Additionally, tyre manufacturers are exploring eco-friendly materials and production methods to further reduce the environmental impact of tyres.

Moreover, selecting tyres that are appropriate for the vehicle’s weight is crucial. Using tyres with the correct load rating ensures optimal performance and safety while minimising premature wear. By choosing tyres that are designed to support the vehicle’s weight, drivers can prolong the lifespan of their tyres and reduce the frequency of replacements, thereby decreasing the environmental impact of tyre disposal. If your vehicle requires new tyres, consider booking your car tyres at Fife Autocentre’s website here. They are rated 4/5 by their local customers and offer a range of tyre options suited to various vehicles.

But when it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), considerations extend beyond the traditional aspects of car ownership. If you are, like so many others, new to the world of electric cars, you may find yourself wondering about random aspects of car ownership and maintenance: do you still need an MOT? How many charging stations are there in the UK, right now? And is there anything else I need to know about owning an electric car that I might not have thought about? Answers: yes, about 60,000 in 32,000 different locations, and yes, definitely – you might need different tyres, among other things. Let’s take a look at how to select the right tyres for your electric vehicle.

The first thing to know about electric vehicles is that they are heavy compared with ICE (internal combustion engine) cars. If you compare two similarly sized vehicles, the ICE vehicle weighs between 1,000 and 1,100 kilogrammes, whereas the EV version will tip the scales anywhere from 1,600 to 1,900 kilogrammes. This means that usually, you will have to use heavier-rated tyres than you’re accustomed to, maybe even XL (extra load) rated tyres if your electric vehicle is one of the larger models.

Modern tyre engineers have realised that with the heavy weight of electric cars, their range can be extended by reducing the tyre’s rolling resistance. The shape and aerodynamism of the tyres all play a part, but they have discovered that even something as seemingly minor as flattening embossed letters on the sidewall can help! In comparison tests, they discovered that reducing the rolling resistance (without compromising safety) could extend a vehicle’s range by a significant 4 to 9 percent.

Legally, as long as a tyre meets the vehicle’s specifications for its tyres, they can be for ICE vehicles or EVs. However, regular tyres – especially when not adjusted for weight – can wear out more readily. This is because not only are EVs heavier, but they are more responsive too, able to deliver their power instantly, compared to ICE cars which take a little while to get up to full oomph. There is no specific symbol for electric cars as yet, but Continental, for example, has begun to emboss their EV suitable tyres with EV a tick on their tyres and other manufacturers are following suit.

In conclusion, choosing the right tyres for your vehicle goes beyond mere performance and safety concerns; it encompasses environmental responsibility and consideration for the unique needs of electric vehicles. By opting for tyres designed to minimise rolling resistance and support the weight of EVs, drivers can not only enhance efficiency and range but also reduce their carbon footprint. As technology continues to advance, manufacturers are prioritising eco-friendly materials and production methods, offering a greener future for automotive enthusiasts. Whether it’s for a traditional vehicle or an electric one, selecting the appropriate tyres is a crucial decision that impacts both performance and environmental sustainability.