Electric vehicles and hybrids with larger batteries present a conundrum for tire manufacturers. EV batteries are heavy, many popular EVs have significant performance potential, and range concerns generally mean there’s still interest in low-rolling resistance tires to maximize efficiency. All of these factors are in competition with one another, not to mention the other typical tire considerations, like ride quality, noise, wear, and traction in inclement weather. Many EVs make do with low-rolling resistance all-season tires, but now Goodyear is producing a tire specifically for higher-performance EVs like the Tesla Model Y.
The tire is called the ElectricDrive GT, and it’s initially available in a single size: 255/45-19, which just happens to be a common tire size on some popular Tesla models. The tire is an ultra-high-performance all-season tire with a treadwear rating of 500. More fitments will follow.
EVs are generally much quieter than other vehicles, and as we found out a few years ago when we put summer tires on our COTY-winning Chevy Bolt, aggressive tires can ratchet the tire howl up to 11, with little powertrain noise (no engine!) to drown it out. Goodyear says its SoundComfort tech (a sound deadening material placed inside the tire) can reduce tire howl by 50 percent, and that tech is featured on the ElectricDrive GT tires.
Goodyear isn’t the only company exploring this space. Earlier this year, Michelin released the Pilot Sport EV, a low-rolling resistance all-season tire with a claimed low carbon footprint. It’s available in a number of sizes and is original equipment on some Tesla models in certain markets.
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