Continental launches Conti.eContact, first tire lineup for electric vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 7, 2012

The new Conti.eContact launches pioneering dimensions of tire for electric vehicles, which are estimated to reach a total figure 2.8 million units worldwide by 2020. In the next 40 years, carbon dioxide budget for each inhabitant in the United Kingdom will be significantly lowered, creating the need and incentive to manufacture tires that are more fuel-efficient that complement the new vehicle design. Continental is targeting to lead this development of automotive megatrends with the launch of Conti.eContact, which is created in cooperation with the leading vehicle manufacturers in Europe.

The new tire dimensions will have a larger outer diameter like 195/55R20 rather than the traditional 205/55R16. With this concept, rolling resistance is significantly reduced.

Also, a more flexible sidewall of the tire aids in reducing energy loss when rebounding or deflecting. The tire engineers of Continental had to begin with a new strategy to the Conti.eContact while continuing to make sure that the tire excelled at wet braking.

Optimized tread depth, wide circumferential grooves, smooth off-shoulder design and a flat contour result in an extremely durable and efficient tire for the EV market. In addition, the tire will also feature unique sidewall lettering. The logo "BLUECO" is targeted at connoting a series of innovative tire technologies designed for the needs of EVs.

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