Michelin launches X Incity EV Z for electric buses
As of 1 May, Michelin is offering a range of electric bus tyres that can also be adapted for use on conventional vehicles. Although it developed the Michelin X Incity EV Z for electric vehicles, the tyre maker says the range is “especially efficient when used on traditional buses.”
Although just 5,000 electric buses operate throughout Europe at present, Michelin anticipates that ten times this number will ply the region’s road five years from now. With this new range, the tyre maker is thus supporting the transition towards cleaner, more efficient and more independent electric mobility solutions.
Electric buses are heavier than their combustion-engine counterparts due to their batteries, and to handle this weight Michelin X Incity EV Z tyres have an increased load capacity of up to 8 tonnes (compared with the Michelin X Incity XZU in size 275/70 R 22.5)
In the interest of enhanced safety, particular attention has been paid to protecting the tyre sidewalls, as they are regularly in contact with kerbs. A wear indicator on the side indicates when the tyres need to be rotated.
Michelin states that the X Incity EV Z delivers longitudinal and lateral grip thanks to a “progressive tread design” and Michelin Regenion technology.
The new range offers ten per cent greater longevity than the X Incity XZU as well as 13 per cent better rolling resistance (as measured in size 275/70 R 22.5) and increased load capacity – Michelin calls this a “great combination for reducing fleet operating costs.”
Introducing the new range, Michelin says it has decided on a standard size to facilitate fleet management: 275/70 R 22.5 152/149J. Designed to be regroovable and retreadable, the range is marked 3PMSF.
All Michelin X Incity EV Z performance features reflect the combined benefits of five main innovative, patented technologies: