ERJ staff report (DS)
London -- Continental has introducing a new brand -- e.contact -- for tyres aimed at electric vehicles. These products feature low noise, exceptionally low rolling resistance and add yet more fitments and dimensions to the portfolio on offer.
The new tyres feature a larger outer diameter, such as 195/55R20 instead of a traditional 205/55R16. This concept results in substantially reduced rolling resistance. A more flexible sidewall of the tyre helps result in less energy loss when deflecting or rebounding.
The Renault Twizzy will be the first car launched with Conti.eContact tyres. Additional implementation projects with original equipment manufacturers will see continued market expansion in 2012. Conti.eContact winter tyres will also be introduced in 2013, helping to develop all year availability within this developing market.
The Conti.eContact will initially be a niche, low-volume product, but a growing charge infrastructure for electric vehicles and government incentives are likely to aid uptake and a move away from traditional petrol and diesel engines.
The Conti.eContact will be available in sizes 125/80R13 and 145/40R13 from next year.
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Press release from Continental