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Tires for electric cars and hybrid cars

With increasing registration numbers - in 2020 around 18% of new registrations in Germany were vehicles with hybrid drives, electric cars reached a share of almost 7% (tendency continues to rise sharply) - these are no longer just a trend, but are slowly but surely establishing themselves as a constant. Of course, special tires are also required for electric cars (or electric vehicles) and hybrid cars.

What should you consider when choosing tires?

Secure grip, high driving comfort and yet extremely economical - these are the specifications. Not an easy task for the tire industry. Developing good tires for electric vehicles requires intensive research. Premium manufacturers in particular are willing to invest the necessary capital in innovations that ensure greater range without neglecting safety. Conventional tire models with low rolling resistance (identified by the AA label values) and high load capacity can also be suitable. Or you can play it safe and opt for so-called homologated tires that have been specially approved by the car manufacturer for your vehicle. You can find out whether this is the case in our tire search above under the tab \"About car selection\".
In our online shop we can offer you tires specially tailored to these requirements.

What are the latest manufacturer tires?

In the meantime, the designation \"Tall and Narrow\" has established itself for tires for electric cars. One speaks here of a large diameter with a narrow tread - i.e. of tire designs especially for electric cars. There are now special tires for electric cars from some well-known manufacturers:

Generation change: HL tires for heavyweights

Heavy electric cars and SUVs with electric or hybrid drives put more weight on the road than conventional cars. However, these vehicles offer little scope for larger tires with a higher load capacity. Continental is therefore now presenting the first passenger car tires with the new \"High Load\" load index identifier - \"HL\" for short.

High-load tires and their properties

What distinguishes HL tires from conventional tires is their nature. The higher load capacity was achieved through changes to the tire construction and material mix. In order to offer you the best tires, other factors such as rolling resistance and mileage were taken into account. A similarly important aspect is keeping road noise constantly low.

The first HL tire comes from Continental

The load index - also known as load index (LI) - indicates the maximum permissible load of the vehicle tires. In January 2021, Continental presented HL tires with a load index of 101 for the first time . The load capacity is estimated at 825 kg. The stated goal was and is to equip powerful hybrid and electric vehicles with heavy-duty tires . Important because the market share of the two types is gradually increasing. Statistically, these weigh around 300 kg more on average than purely diesel and petrol-powered vehicles. A real challenge, as the scope for larger tires on your car is simply limited.
In contrast to the previous XL tires with a load index of 98, the load capacity of Continental's HL tires has been increased by 10% from 750 kg to 825 kg per tire. Important for you to know: The tire pressure remains unchanged at approx. 2.5 bar. By the way: You can find the load index specified for your vehicle in Part 1 of the registration certificate (vehicle registration). The last two or three digits are relevant. In order to create reserves in terms of load-bearing capacity, you may exceed the load index from a legal point of view.

Requirements for tires for electric cars

  • Safety
    Of course: safety first! Tires for electric cars must guarantee both adequate grip and short braking distances, especially in adverse weather conditions. Here, the second letter on the tire label - ideally an A - indicates very good braking properties in the wet.
  • Low rolling resistance & higher load capacity
    Electric cars are usually heavier due to the massive built-in battery. The tires used must therefore master the balancing act between the increased load on the one hand and the resulting higher rolling resistance, tire wear and energy consumption on the other. Some tire manufacturers offer XL tires for heavier vehicles. The goal remains to achieve the lowest possible rolling resistance (efficiency class A), because one thing is clear: the lower the resistance, the greater the range.
  • Torque
    Due to the electric drive, higher torque acts on the tires of electric and hybrid vehicles when acceleration begins than is usual with petrol or diesel vehicles. This also affects the mileage
  • Low noise
    A low noise level increases driving comfort, no question. Since electric cars are generally very quiet, this also applies to the choice of tires at best

Popular electric cars & matching tires

The best-selling electric cars of 2020. You will find the right tires with us. Simply use the link for a detailed search for your vehicle.
# Model Show tyres
1 Renault Zoe Tyre Search Renault Zoe
2 VW e-Golf Tyre Search VW e-Golf
3 Tesla Model 3 Tyre Search Tesla Model 3
4 VW ID.3 Tyre Search VW ID.3
5 Hyundai Kona Elektro Tyre Search Hyundai Kona Elektro
6 TSmart Fortwo Tyre Search TSmart Fortwo
7 VW e-Up Tyre Search VW e-Up
8 BMW i3 Tyre Search BMW i3
9 Audi E-Tron Tyre Search Audi E-Tron
10 Opel Corsa-e Tyre Search Opel Corsa-e
Label: A-A-68

EU tire label and electric cars

Can the EU tire label help me choose the right tires for my e-vehicle?

Yes, because the EU tire label provides information about the properties of the tire in the following three areas:

a) efficiency class

b) Wet grip

c) noise emissions

A good tire especially for e-cars should have an A in the efficiency class and wet grip categories. Car owners who attach great importance to driving comfort opt ​​for a tire with a low
decibel value. Because the lower the number, the smoother the tire runs. Particularly quiet tires are also marked with a wave symbol.

Which suitable tyres does eiretyres.com recommend for your electric car?

Below are some tyre highlights - available in our shop:

Prices include VAT and delivery within Ireland.