Conti.eContact – The ultimate tyre for electric vehicles
10 Jan 2012
With an estimated 2.8 million electric vehicles registered worldwide by 2020, the new Conti.eContact introduces pioneering tyre dimensions for this
Over the next 40 years CO2 budget per inhabitant in the UK will be substantially reduced. This creates a clear need and incentive to produce more
fuel-efficient tyres that complement new vehicle design. Continental aims to lead this development of automotive megatrends with the introduction of
Developed in co-operation with Europe’s leading car manufacturers, Conti.eContact introduces new tyre dimensions with a larger outer diameter, such as
195/55R20 instead of a traditional 205/55R16. This concept results in substantially reduced rolling resistance. A more flexible sidewall of the tyre
helps result in less energy loss when deflecting or rebounding.
Continental’s tyre engineers had to start with a new approach to the Conti.eContact whilst still ensuring that the tyre excelled at wet braking. Wide
circumferential grooves, optimised tread depth, a flat contour and smooth off-shoulder design result in an extremely efficient and durable tyre for the
electric vehicle market.
Unique sidewall lettering will also feature on the tyre. The logo ‘BLUECO’ is aimed at connoting a series of innovative tyre technologies especially
designed for the needs of electric vehicles.
The Conti.eContact will initially be a niche product in the UK, but a growing charge infrastructure for electric vehicles and government incentives are
likely to aid uptake and a move away from traditional petrol and diesel engines. The Conti.eContact will be available in sizes 125/80R13 and 145/40R13
from this year. For more information and stockists, visit the website: www.continental-tyres.co.uk/passenger
Continental Tyres in the UK and Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Continental Corporation. With sales of EUR26 billion in 2010, the
Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of tyres, brake systems, systems and components for the
powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards
enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental currently has approximately 164,000 employees in 45 countries. For more
information, visit www.continental-tyres.co.uk.
Source : www.national.co.uk
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