Electric car: Drivers miss out on money-saving benefits with a simple tire check

Only eight percent of motorists were aware of the difference between standard tires and those specifically suited for electric cars, as well as the savings benefits they offer. The number of EV owners on UK roads is 477,000, but only a small percentage of them know the importance of fitting bespoke EV tires to their wheels, according to the research.

Electric vehicles are much heavier than conventional cars, and the tires ultimately carry the extra weight.

Without a retrofit to compensate, non-EV tires are much more likely to wear out faster and not last as long.

According to Bridgestone data, certain tires not only use fewer raw materials, but also contribute to reduced rolling distance.

Enliten technology also helps reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in combustion vehicles, while extending battery life and vehicle range in electric vehicles.

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“All tires may be black and round, but there are big differences that very few motorists know about, particularly when it comes to electric vehicles.

“Bridgestone is developing a growing number of genuine tire accessories designed specifically for this purpose.”

Of the 2,000 motorists surveyed in Bridgestone’s YouGov-commissioned research, 47 percent said they will switch to an EV to save on high fuel costs.

Another 56 percent were sold for the environmental benefits of driving an electric car.

Twenty-two per cent would also like all cars to be zero emissions by 2030, rather than the government’s current target date of 2035, in another show of support for electric vehicle adoption.

After 2030 and before 2035, new hybrid vehicles will continue to be on sale, as long as they are capable of traveling long distances on purely electric power.

Drivers were also found to invest in vehicle tire development and innovation, with one in five favoring seeing ‘airless tyres’.

This new concept is a technology that eliminates the need to inflate the tires with air to support the weight of the vehicle.

This uses a unique structure of spokes that run along the inner sides of the tyres, resulting in less maintenance and no flat tire concerns.

It does not need to be filled or maintained with air, essentially eliminating the inconvenience, downtime and safety concerns associated with a flat tire.

EV tires currently make up 11 percent of Bridgestone’s total equipment lineup, with that figure expected to reach more than 20 percent by 2024.

The company has also committed to installing up to 3,500 new charging points across Europe over the next five years, with big plans for the UK to be announced soon.

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