LAS VEGAS, NV – On Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will be unveiling a line of tires specifically made for electric vehicles (EVs) that will address several issues encountered by the standard tires they currently utilize, such as wear, duration, and pollution of the environment.
Due to their very heavy battery packs, EVs can weigh almost twice as much as their internal combustion engine-powered competitors, and that additional weight often causes their tires to break down at much greater speeds as a result. Not only do EV tires wear down at a much faster rate, but that wear results in the shedding of tiny toxic particles with every rotation; this issue poses serious risks for the environment, an ironic situation since EVs have been lauded for their lack exhaust emissions.
On Tuesday, Goodyear will be debuting their new line of ElectricDrive 2 tires at CES in a bid to extend the tire mileage of EVs and reduce the pollution that they produce. EV tires typically need to be replaced on average after approximately 30,000 to 40,000 miles; Goodyear’s new tires, however, come with a 60,000-mile warranty.
The ElectricDrive 2 series is expected to be available at retail in May of this year, and will come in 17 different sizes, making it Goodyear’s largest EV-specific line. Among the vehicle models that the tire manufacturer will be catering to are the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Chevy Bolt, among many others.
Speaking at CES, Goodyear’s Chief Technology Officer, Chris Helsel, did not specify how much the ElectricDrive 2 tires would be, or what quantities they would be produced in.
In addition to being more durable, the ElectricDrive 2 tires are made from materials designed specifically to reduce their impact upon the environment, including soybean oil, sustainably-sourced natural rubber, and high-quality rice husk ash silica, a substance that is produced as a byproduct of natural rice processing.
The ElectricDrive 2 joins Goodyear’s other EV-related offerings, including the Urban Max BSA line of electric bus tires introduced in June 2023.
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