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Continental expands its market share in the segment of tires for fully electric vehicles. Six of the ten world-richest manufacturers of electric cars have familiarized 2020 in the original equipment to the high technology competence of the tire manufacturer, so Continental in a current message. These include Tesla with its Model 3 and Model S as well as Volkswagen with the ID.3. But also Asian manufacturers, such as BYD, one of China’s largest automotive manufacturers, put in the original equipment of their E-cars on tires of Continental.

This underlines the product strategy and quality of the company’s products in the electromobility segment, such as Andreas Schlenke, tire developer at Continental, explains: “Meanwhile, fully electric models are available from almost all car segments, the selection ranges from the cabin roller, small and mid-range cars to SUV to SUV to To the high-performance sports car. For each type of vehicle individual tire configurations are necessary “, according to the tire developer. “Accordingly, there is not a tire for all fully electric vehicles”.

The manufacturer has therefore been working for more than a decade to develop its portfolio so that its tires meet the requirements of all electric vehicles and at the same time are able to sustainably reduce emissions from combustion vehicles. “Meanwhile, almost our total portfolio for all drive types is optimized and the majority of our products can be found on electric cars,” says Schlenke. For electric cars, which are not already equipped from the factory with Continental tires, the manufacturer now has summer, winter and all-season tires in the portfolio for almost every model.

Rolling resistor-optimized tires bring extra range

After investigations of Continental, the tires are responsible for up to 20 percent of the total resistance of a vehicle. Accordingly, customers can obtain additional range due to roll-resistor-optimized tires. For electric cars where efficient driving is in the foreground, low rolling resistance is particularly in demand.

In this case, many manufacturers rely on the EcoContact 6, at the Continental the Green Chili 2.0 Rubber mixing uses. The special mix of natural rubber and other ingredients show the manufacturer improved behavior in mechanical deformation. This leads to a lower rolling resistance and thus lower energy consumption. In the development of the EcoContact 6, Continental could reduce the rolling resistance by 15 percent compared to its predecessor.

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Provider of medium and high-priced vehicles provide other requirements for tire selection. Handling, steering precision and safety at high speeds play a bigger role here. So appropriate manufacturers for tires from the PremiumContact or SportContact series decided, the tire manufacturer shares with. The PremiumContact 6 offers a middle ground between efficiency, sportiness and comfort. At SportContact 6, it is a tire for the highest performance segment with focus on handling and steering precision. Through its stability and braking performance it is designed for safety at high speeds.

“The development of tires is always moving in a technical target conflict,” explains Schlenke. “A big rolling resistance can, for example, bring higher security, but also lead to higher energy consumption. The can of our engineers is to improve both dimensions at the same time.”

Due to the no longer existing motor noise, electric car drivers also provide a larger value to low rolling noise. High priced vehicles with a claim for special comfort therefore access the contisilent technology in the tire selection therefore. A special foam layer catch the vibrations of the road and thus reduce the transfer of sounds to the interior. This is especially crucial for electric cars, as engine noise is largely eliminated.

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