On Monday, Hyundai and Michelin announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on eco-friendly EV tires.
The joint research between the two companies aims to increase the use of sustainable materials while optimizing tires for electric vehicles, Hyundai said in a press release. The partnership also includes a real-time tire monitoring system for future autonomous vehicles.
This partnership follows a 5-year effort launched in November 2017 to develop an exclusive tire for Hyundai Ioniq 5. The tires developed through the expanded partnership will appear on “future premium EV models,” Hyundai said. The automaker believes electric vehicles require new tire technology to meet its durability and performance requirements, although it did not go into detail on that technology.
Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires for electric cars
As we’ve already emphasized, the extra weight and enormous torque of an electric vehicle combined, require a different type of tyre. Special tires are also needed to push scope to new leveland deal with road noise that is often masked by the internal combustion engine.
Making EV tires eco-friendly goes beyond the materials used to make them. Recent studies have shown concern about microplastics and other particulate emissions from EV tires that wear out faster. The battery pack makes electric vehicles significantly heavier than comparable internal combustion models, which can significantly increase tire emissions.
As a recent study suggested, the extra weight of a battery can lead to quite an increase in fine particulate pollution, from tires, under certain driving conditions. So even though future Hyundai EVs may not get anything as radical as Michelin recommended airless tireperhaps the two companies will find practical solutions to these problems.