What’s the best choice of tires for an electric vehicle?
Did you know that the tires used on an electric car aren’t the same as those on a gas-powered vehicle? Tires for electric cars must have special features. In this blog post, your OCTO Auto Service Plus family mechanic explains what you need to consider when fitting your green vehicle with tires.
- Load Capacity
Electric vehicles often weigh more than their gas-powered counterparts do. Consequently, they require tires that can handle a greater load capacity. For this reason, we suggest choosing tires with a robust structure. Tires with a lower load capacity could negatively impact the vehicle’s handling, especially when you’re driving at high speeds or on roads with sharp bends and curves.
If you’ve ever driven an electric car, you’ve probably noticed it can accelerate in the blink of an eye. However, this impressive maneuver can torque the tires. Over time, underperforming tires can start to slip on the rims, gradually throwing the wheels off balance. In short, tires capable of handling the acceleration power of an electric vehicle are a must.
- Driving noise
Gas-powered vehicle engines are loud. This noise often drowns out the sound of the tires moving on surfaces like asphalt and gravel. In response to the growing demand for quiet electric vehicles, tire designers have been working to create products that generate minimal noise using specialized materials and structures.
- Friction resistance
It’s a fact: driving green costs less. However, to extend the lifespan of your car’s battery and efficiently manage electricity usage, it’s important to adjust your driving habits and select tires that minimize frictional resistance.
Finally, remember that although some tires are specifically designed for electric cars, several products designed for gas-powered vehicles are perfectly suitable.
Rely on OCTO’s expertise to find the right tires for you
Depending on the make and model of your electric vehicle, you can choose different tires to suit your needs, for both winter and summer. Request an appointment at your nearest OCTO Auto Service Plus. We can provide you with personalized advice and help you choose from our impressive selection of tires.