With each passing year, more vehicle manufacturers are beginning—or expanding—their production of electric vehicles.
Only 14 years ago, Tesla released the 2008 Tesla Roadster, the first electric vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. These modern electric cars produce no greenhouse gasses to release into the atmosphere, and the lack of an internal combustion engine means they are extremely quiet, if not silent.
While the innovation is exciting, it can also be confusing to a first-time electric car owner with the technology still being relatively new. The first time you go for a tire change on your new vehicle, you may not be aware of the unique traits you should look for in a tire for your electric car.
Well, we're here to help with that. Here are the key factors you should consider when choosing a set of tires for your electric vehicle.
When your car is traveling at high speeds, you'll typically notice distinct road noise. Vibrations cause this sound inside the tire cavity due to the tire's interface with the road's surface. These vibrations are then transferred to the axles and chassis of the car to create quite a lot of noise. This noise is not always noticeable in a traditional internal combustion car, as the engine's sound overpowers it. Still, it becomes much more prevalent in an electric vehicle due to these cars being much quieter overall.
Many tires designed for electric vehicles have foam padding on the inside of the tires which helps reduce road noise. Tire manufacturers are continuing to invest in technology to improve the driving experience and you can count on Mavis Tires and Brakes to have the latest tire technology in stock.
The rolling resistance of your tires is significant for an electric car. Having tires with low rolling resistance will allow your vehicle to travel greater distances on a charge, and your vehicle will operate at optimal efficiency.
A side effect of the increased weight of an electric vehicle is an increase in braking distance. Basic physics dictates that if two cars use the same brakes and tires, the heavier vehicle will need a longer distance to come to a complete stop. This increased braking distance is a vital safety issue that you need to consider when selecting your tires.
For an electric vehicle, you want to ensure that your tires are designed for optimal grip to withstand the inevitable extra weight of an electric car.
Electric vehicles are impressively engineered, but they do provide some additional challenges when it comes to choosing tires. The extra weight from the batteries means your tire choice should consider options with superior grip. You'll also want to consider a tire with low rolling resistance to improve how far you can drive between charges. Finally, to reduce the road noise that is more noticeable without a gas engine drowning it out, you should also look for a tire that dampens the road-induced vibrations to provide a comfortable, silent ride.