Yokohama recently joined the ranks of brands with a symbol denoting a tyre’s suitability for electric vehicles. This is the E+ sidewall marking, which Yokohama Rubber debuted on the Yokohama Advan Sport EV last year. The tyre maker is now extending the E+ mark to commercial tyres, initially on two Yokohama bus tyre models, one sold in the European market and one in Japan.
Bridgestone is planning to invest around 800 billion yen ($5.38 billion) over the three years between now and 2026, with the money earmarked for the development of electric vehicle and mining tyres along with decarbonization technologies, according to a Nikkei report.
More and more tyre manufacturers are adding individual EV logos to their product sidewalls, regardless of their decision to develop specialist tyres for the burgeoning market or make tyres they consider compatible with the needs of electric cars. Goodyear recently presented a corresponding label, products from Continental are “EV Compatible”, Pirelli tyres contain “Elect”, and “E+”. can be found on relevant Yokohama tyres. While Nokian Tyres introduced a so-called “Electric Fit” symbol, intended to indicate its tyres’ suitability for electric vehicles, last summer, the marking remains absent from its most recent products’ sidewalls. Surprisingly, even the supplier’s very latest products, the Powerproof 1 and Wetproof 1 summer car tyres, the “Electric Fit” designation cannot be seen on the sidewall or anywhere else. With Nokian Tyres claiming that all of its consumer tyres are suitable for electric vehicles, Tyrepress sister website Reifenpresse asked what this was all about.
Hankook enters its second season supporting Formula E, and the tenth of the all-electric single-seater series, with the season opener at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on 12-13 January. The grid of 22 drivers will all compete using the Hankook iON Race tyre. Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook director motorsport, promised the tyre supplier was prepared for faster lap times as teams push the iON Race harder in its second season.
Roughly six months the introduction of the Advan Sport EV in Europe, and less than a week after the tyremaker previewed the arrival of its ‘superbly quiet’ Advan dB V553 in Japan, Yokohama has launched the Advan Sport EV A/S in the US.
The UK government’s zero emissions pathway became law 3 January 2024. Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Anthony Browne visited a new bp pulse hub in London to mark the occasion. The zero emission vehicle mandate (ZEV) mandate sets out the percentage of new zero emission cars and vans manufacturers will be required to produce each year up to 2030. 80 per cent of new cars and 70 per cent of new vans sold in Great Britain will now be zero emission by 2030, increasing to 100 per cent by 2035.
On boxing day 2023, The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. introduced what it calls a “superbly quiet” tyre. According to Yokohama, the new Advan dB V553 will be able to maintain it low-noise properties through out the tyre’s life.
Here Wayne Daniel, UK operations manager for Point S Tyre & Autocare, discusses the ongoing recruitment crisis within the motor trade and highlights how investment in training and development can be part of the solution.
At the end of October i247 published a white paper highlighting what fleets need to know in “The Evolving Tyre Landscape”. Tyres & Accessories got in touch with i247 Group director of Tyres, David Legg, and learnt how his company deploys a data-driven approach to tyre selection.
With much talk of the impact of electric vehicles and rapid tyre technology developments, Tyres & Accessories recently interviewed Stapleton’s Tyre Services managing director, Andy Fern. As well as considering the main trends that have impacted the tyre market in 2023, the discussion also considers which factors will continue to influence the market’s ongoing direction in future.
Enso has expanded its service network via fitting partnerships with IN’n’OUT Autocentres and M4 Tyres. This distribution expansion follows Enso’s nomination as a finalist in the Clear Our Air Category of Prince William’s The Earthshot Prize. And, according to the company, “reaffirms Enso’s commitment to setting new standards for London’s electric taxi industry”, by providing access to its “double-A rated specialist EV tyres across the entire city”.
An analysis of MOT failure data suggests that independent garages should consider how best to service demand for electric vehicle tyres. Matt Cleevely, managing director of Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV), said the company is stocking a growing inventory of EV-specific tyres, with around 100 sales every month. This is on the back of new data analysis by Garage Industry Trends, which reveals that half of all EV MOT failures on vehicles registered after 2016 relate to tyres – almost double that of a diesel. Additionally, almost 60 per cent of EV advisories relate to tyre condition.
Firestone has launched the new Roadhawk 2 Enliten summer touring tyre. The Bridgestone brand says the new model offers “best-in-class wet grip” as well as longer mileage and a greater than 10 per cent reduction in rolling resistance, optimising fuel or energy consumption, based on internal testing on size 225/55 R17 101W. The integration of Bridgestone’s Enliten technology, which reduces material consumption and tyre weight, as well as using the new NanoPro-Tech high-silica compound for greater wear resistance, ensures the Roadhawk 2 Enliten is an “EV-ready tyre”: a tyre suitable for fitment on vehicles using and electric or conventional combustion engine powertrain. The new tyre will be available from January 2024 in 17-21” sizes to cover 90 per cent of the market. After the addition of 16” sizes in 2025, the range will comprise 112 size variations. The Firestone Roadhawk 2 Enliten is the successor to the Roadhawk summer touring tyre.
October’s new car market grew by 14.3 per cent to reach 153,529 registrations, 7.2 per cent above pre-pandemic levels and marking the best performance for the month since 2018, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The 15th month of consecutive growth was driven almost entirely by large fleet registrations, which grew 28.8 per cent to reach 87,479 units. Private demand was stable at 62,915 vehicles, a 0.3 per cent increase, while the much smaller business sector saw registrations fall -15.2 per cent to 3,135 units. With the sustained increase in new car registrations, overall vehicle uptake is now up 19.6 per cent in the first 10 months, with the market currently enjoying its best year since 2019.
i247 Group has published a white paper designed to help fleets better-understand the changing tyre industry and to stoke conversation relating to the tyre sector’s greatest challenges and opportunities. Titled ‘The evolving tyre landscape – what fleets need to know’, the white paper covers six areas: The evolving automotive landscape; Cost challenges; Sustainability – how green is your fleet policy?; The rise of electric vehicles (EVs); Supply chain challenges; And Industry innovation – future trends and technology.