Continental to produce winter tyres for electric cars

15th March 2012

Continental has announced plans for the production of winter tyres, designed specifically for electric cars from autumn 2013.

The new tyres, dubbed the Conti.eContact Winter compounds, were previewed at this week's Geneva Motor Show.

According to the firm, these new compounds have been designed to reduce rolling resistance significantly compared with the standard equivalent.

The new tyres will measure 20-inches in diameter and, while more narrow than standard compounds, the new sidewall design will also offer improved aerodynamics.

These more efficient Continental designs will also reduce the amount of energy used by electric cars, thus providing a boost to the operating range of the vehicles.

Speaking to Tyrepress, Continental's head of media and public relations Alexander Bahlmann backed the new tyres to significantly boost acceptance of the vehicles.

According to Mr Bahlmann, the tyre “displays excellent braking properties on wet road surfaces and delivers the same level of protection against aquaplaning as conventional winter tyres from Continental".

Posted by Danielle Barge