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Goodyear presents new Electric Drive Technology for efficient tyres

Goodyear has unveiled a new tyre technology for electric vehicles at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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A prototype of the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, showcasing the Electric Drive Technology, was exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show. © Goodyear

Technology for the near future

At the Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear is addressing multiple issues on future mobility. After presenting a concept tyre that “breathes”, the American tyre manufacturer has also unveiled a new technology for the electric vehicles of tomorrow.

And by tomorrow, Goodyear means 2019. “The combination of increasing regulations to reduce emissions, [...] is creating an ideal environment for electric cars” explains Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear EMEA. “We are working with automakers to introduce our Electric Drive Technology next year designed to address the unique performance requirements of this growing vehicle segment.”

Prototype showcased at Geneva

On its stand at Geneva, the manufacturer presented a prototype of the EfficientGrip Performance tyre featuring Electric Drive Technology. What we know about this innovation is that it is designed to extend tyre mileage and vehicle driving range. Thinner sipes around the tread provide a larger contact patch with the road surface than traditional radial grooves. At the same time, the shape of the tyre cavity has been optimised to support the weight of batteries for new electric vehicles, while absorbing their high levels of torque.

In addition, the materials used to produce the tyre have been chosen to ensure an ultra-low rolling resistance and reduce the rotating mass. The sidewalls have been designed to reduce aerodynamic drag.

“As a company with a 120-year heritage of delivering innovative products that help change the world of transport, the EfficientGrip Performance prototype with Electric Drive Technology is proof that Goodyear continues to lead on this path of future mobility," concludes Chris Delaney.

Watch the video presentation of Goodyear’s Electric Drive Technology:

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