ERJ staff report (TP)
Hanover, Germany − Continental has been named an Excellent Development Partner by Tesla Motors, the California-based electric vehicle manufacturer.
The press release said: “The accolade from Tesla was awarded as a result of Continental’s collaboration and development of specialty tires for Tesla’s Model S electric sedan. For Model S, Continental supplies tires that safely transfer the high output of the electric powertrain to the road, ensure precise handling and short stopping distances, and offer low rolling resistance. Low rolling resistance is particularly important for electric vehicles because it helps save energy and can substantially extend the range of the vehicle between charges.
“For the Tesla Model S, which is marketed worldwide, Continental developed a special XL version of its ContiSportContact 5 summer tire in size 245/35 R 21 XL 96 W. The Tesla Model S is the world’s first electrically powered luxury sedan to offer a range of up to 500 km. The car can seat up to seven occupants. The powertrain delivers up to 416 hp (306 kW), making for a top speed of 200 kph. The Model S covers the 0-100 kph sprint in just 4.4 seconds.”
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Press release from Continental