Electric Vehicles: A Tire-Buying Guide
Electric cars are becoming increasingly common: they are quieter, cheaper to run and more eco-friendly than ordinary gasoline- or diesel-powered cars. As EVs become more sophisticated, increasing their range and efficiency, it is likely that more and more Americans will be switching to electric.
But what happens when you need to replace the tires on your EV? Electric cars have a different makeup to normal cars, and in some ways demand more from their tires, so the factors you bear in mind when replacing your tires should be adjusted accordingly.
What To Look For
Electric vehicles are heavier than their gasoline-powered counterparts, and carry a large battery around with them. They’re also extremely quiet due to the electric engine, which means that any road noise from the tires is far more noticeable. So, read on for a few key points to consider in order to get the most from your EV.
The tires you put on your EV must be strong enough to support the extra weight. Your tires should also be designed to ensure that the tread remains in contact with the road at all times.
The extra pressure on tires due to the increased weight of an EV can cause tires to wear out more quickly. For this reason, it is important to seek out tires that will last as long as possible. An aerodynamic design will lead to less air resistance, thus wasting less energy. Low rolling resistance means that less energy is needed to move the car forward, which will make each charge take you further and slow the rate of wear on the tires. Keep an eye out for any features that increase the tread life and fuel economy. This will help to counteract the effects of the extra weight on the tires, which will ensure that you get more miles out of your vehicle.
Apart from the low fuel cost and eco-friendly nature of EVs, one big selling point is the extremely quiet engine. On the flip-side, you will notice road noise from your tires much more when your engine is almost silent. So, in order to really enjoy the peace and quiet offered by your electric engine, look for features such as a narrower profile, smaller tread blocks, and soft rubber composition, which all reduce noise. You can also keep noise to a minimum by regularly rotating, balancing and aligning them, as well as ensuring that they are fully inflated.
Best of the Bunch
Still struggling for somewhere to start? Here’s a few of the best tires for EVs, all available through Tirescanner. Alternatively, put your tire size into our search tool and browse the tires on offer.
This ultra-high performance tire from Michelin is designed to complement and enhance the features of a high-performance car such as a Tesla Model 3. This tire has excellent stability, grip and traction on both dry and wet roads. It has a 30,000 mile tread warranty, the steering is precise and the cornering grip is excellent. This makes it a great option for a high-performance electric car.
Another very high-performance tire, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 is a summer tire engineered for fuel efficiency. From low rolling resistance to increased traction, it is designed to get as many miles as possible out of each charge. It also appeals to many drivers of EVs with an eco-friendly tread compound, as well as maintaining excellent driving comfort, grip and steering response.
Designed for durability, this is an all-season tire that will carry your EV through seemingly endless miles in wet and dry conditions.
The tread compound is engineered to expel water efficiently, enhance traction and steering, and increase the durability of your tires. The tire is also designed to reduce road noise and increase comfort, and comes with a 65,000 mile warranty from Toyo.
Get More Miles Out Of Your EV
You really can’t underestimate the value of good tires in increasing the comfort and mileage of your electric vehicle. It’s important to look for tires that will aid fuel efficiency, handle the extra weight of an EV and allow you to enjoy the near-silence of an electric engine. Need advice? Use our search tool or contact customer service to find the perfect tires for your car.
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