A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Michelin and Hyundai Motor Group will facilitate the development of a new generation of tyres optimised for electric vehicles (EVs). The three-year agreement, a follow-up to the partnership of November 2017 that resulted in an exclusive Michelin tyre for the Hyundai Ioniq 5, covers joint work on tyres containing an increased level of eco-friendly materials, tyres optimised for next-generation EVs as well as a real-time tyre monitoring system for autonomous vehicles.
Research from Bridgestone and Webfleet Solutions suggests that high energy prices may dampen fleet demand for electric vehicles. Upon asking 300 fleet decision-makers, 53 per cent responded that they expect this development even though the mobility solutions specialists calculate that going electric will save money over a vehicle’s entire lifespan.
The 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed begins today, and amongst the many delights on show is the new, fully-electric Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance. The Porsche test vehicle is particularly interesting to tyre aficionados as it is equipped with Michelins that contain 53 per cent sustainable materials.
National automotive parts distributor, GSF Car Parts has been named as the headline sponsor of EV Ready, the UK’s first ever independent garage event dedicated to electric vehicle skills equipment and technology.
The creation of a robust, reliable, and fit for purpose public charging infrastructure that enjoys the full confidence of EV drivers is central to mainstream adoption of electric cars. Mike Coulton, Volkswagen Financial Services UK EV Consultant believes the UK’s postcode lottery of public chargepoints may be contributing to ’charging anxiety’ among potential EV drivers, but suggests the conundrum of a lack of overall public charge points is a common misconception.
Kia has selected Continental tyres as original equipment for its new Niro. In European, Middle East and African markets, it will deliver the fully-electric version of its SUV with Continental EcoContact 6 Q tyres in size 215/55 R17 94V. Plug-in hybrid models of the Niro will roll on the PremiumContact 6, which Kia will fit in size 225/45 R18 95V XL FR.
Hankook has been instrumental in setting a new Guinness World Records title with Challenge4 record-breaking driver Rainer Zietlow, in conquering the South American Andes. The all-electric vehicle reached a height of 5,816 metres up the Uturuncu volcano, which has two peaks reaching 6,008 and 5,930 metres. Zietlow set the new record on Hankook’s new all-terrain tyre, the Dynapro AT2.
Research by insurance company NFU Mutual has revealed that 45 per cent of Brits would not consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) in the next 10 years, with battery range, lack of charging infrastructure and charging time being among the key worries. The insurer carried out a survey of 1,107 people across the country to discover the public’s views on EVs. The research showed that, despite marked steps towards increased EV use, 45 per cent of Brits still would not consider switching to an EV or hybrid vehicle.
UK car production fell 20.1 per cent in January, to 68,790 units. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says this is the weakest January total since 2009. Output was down 17,262 units against the same month last year, which itself was one of the worst Januarys on record when volumes were impacted by friction in the new post-Brexit trading arrangements, extended shutdowns and the pandemic.
The producer of one in every three car batteries in use around the world has announced a new safety critical battery for electric vehicles. Clarios Smart AGM will monitor its performance in real-time, deliver continuous low-voltage power to optimise performance of the low-voltage power supply, anticipate the need for battery maintenance and provide safety critical operations.
With more than 620 miles on a single battery charge, Mercedes-Benz says it is “setting new standards for electric range and efficiency” with the Vision EQXX. It attributes this generous range to numerous factors, including ultra-low rolling resistance tyres from Bridgestone.
The latest figures from the SMMT confirm that electric vehicle uptake is accelerating, with 21,726 vehicles sold in November, equating to 18.8 per cent of the market. However, motorists embracing electrification for the first time need to consider the impact of harsh weather conditions on battery performance, says Venson Automotive Solutions.
Growing confidence in second-hand electric cars is signalled by EVs pushing toward second place as the fuel of choice – particularly among sales of one-year-old cars. According to figures from online car supermarket BuyaCar.co.uk, EVs registered in 2020 have been representing up to 27 per cent of all one-year-old car sales in recent weeks.
The latest iteration of the Jaguar I-Pace is available with Continental tyres as original equipment. Jaguar Land Rover is fitting the PremiumContact 6 on its all-electric SUV in size 255/40 R22 103V XL. This original equipment tyre for the I-Pace features ContiSeal puncture protection, a technology that Continental says can prevent the adverse consequences of around 80 per cent of all common punctures.