How EV ‘smart’ tyres are different and the race to capture the Indian market, Auto News, ET Auto

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As the Electric Vehicle (EV) wave gains traction day by day, component manufacturers are also not far behind in identifying new technological requirements and chasing the first-mover advantage. From areas of in-car acoustics (NVH levels) to improved UI/UX and even tyres. Components both traditional and new are getting revamped for EVs and the new automotive world order.

Over the past week, two major tyre manufacturing entities, JK Tyre and Apollo Tyres have announced the launch of EV-specific tyres for electric cars, bikes and scooters. So what makes a tyre EV-specific? What are the parameters for an ideal EV tyre and what technological advancements fit the bill? Let’s find out.

 Left - JK Tyre Ranger HP EV tyre | Right - Representational image, MG ZS EV
Left – JK Tyre Ranger HP EV tyre | Right – Representational image, MG ZS EV

In principle, an ideal EV-specific tyre should have ultra-low resistance, improved wet and dry traction capability, higher durability and emit lower road noise. These characteristics help an EV-specific tyre improve the range of the vehicle without sacrificing performance. EVs typically weigh more than their ICE counterparts, majorly due to the heavy battery pack that sits on the floor bed. To support this added weight, EV tyres also need to feature stronger sidewalls as well.

JK Tyre on July 29, unveiled its comprehensive range of EV-specific ‘Smart Dial Tyres’. What should be noted is that the tyre manufacturing giant has developed EV tyres for all categories of buses, trucks, light commercial vehicles, and passenger cars in India. This puts JK Tyre in a cosy spot as India’s mobility methods move towards electrification with each passing day. The ‘Smart’ part of the EV tyre range includes features such as in-house developed Trees TPMS Sensor system for tyre pressure monitoring and an advanced tread pattern aimed at low road noise. JK Tyre reports that the tread pattern has been crafted using FEA simulation technology and offers better wear characteristics as well.

 Representational image
Representational image

Mr. V K Misra, Technical Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. said, “With the evolution of the EV sector in India, the development of EV-oriented technology remains a key focus for the company. Our Smart tyres are developed with EV specific next Gen Design philosophy making the entire range Smarter, Quieter, Durable and Energy Efficient.”

On the other hand, Apollo Tyres too announced the launch of its own EV-specific tyre range on July 27. The EV tyre range will be officially launched on August 1 for both passenger vehicles and two-wheelers. More details about the tyres will be revealed at the launch. So stay tuned to TOI Auto for instant updates on Apollo’s EV-specific tyres and their features.

 Left - JK Tyre Ranger HP EV tyre | Right - Nexon EV representational image
Left – JK Tyre Ranger HP EV tyre | Right – Nexon EV representational image