The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is creating a product for electric vehicles that it says will assist ease one thing that’s hampered their competitiveness towards gas-powered automobiles: tire period.
EVs weigh greater than their inner combustion counterparts owing to their heavy battery packs, placing extra put on and tear on tires. Goodyear sought to increase EVs’ tire mileage with its new ElectricDrive 2 product that it plans to disclose Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas. The primary iteration of the tire got here with a 60,000-mile warranty. The common EV tire usually must be changed after 30,000 to 40,000 miles, in line with Kelley Blue E book.
Goodyear expects the tires to be commercially obtainable in North America beginning in Might, becoming a member of two different EV-specific choices, in line with Chief Expertise Officer Chris Helsel. (Goodyear additionally launched the City Max BSA tire line final June, which is particularly designed for electrical buses.) The ElectricDrive 2 sequence might be produced in 17 totally different sizes — the corporate’s largest line for EVs, Helsel stated — that may serve car fashions, together with the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Chevy Bolt. He declined to specify the price of the ElectricDrive 2 line of tires and deliberate manufacturing portions.
The corporate’s new EV product is anticipated to characteristic supplies together with soybean oil used within the tire’s building in addition to sustainably sourced pure rubber in addition to high-quality rice husk ash silica, which is a byproduct when rice is processed. Tire air pollution is a rising concern for the business, each on the finish of their life and the air pollution they depart on the highway within the type of tiny particles that may embody microplastics, unstable natural compounds and different chemical substances that pose a danger to the atmosphere.