EVs are typically heavier due to the additional weight from the battery. Continental tires are designed to carry the additional weight of your EV, as long as the proper load capacity restrictions are observed.
Because of the quieter electric motor, EVs have less cabin noise. So, it may be more important for an EV owner to purchase a premium tire designed for low noise. Our acoustic and comfort optimizations make sure Continental tires are designed for a quiet ride.
Due to limited battery range per charge and extended charging times, vehicle range is likely to be top of mind for EV owners. Continental leverages our proprietary technologies to deliver efficient tires for all customers, regardless of their choice in engine type.
No. All Continental tires are designed for usage on both Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles and Electric Vehicles (EVs).
There are 3 main differences between an electric and internal combustion engine vehicle as it relates to tire performance:
EVs are typically heavier, due to the additional weight of the battery.
EVs create less cabin noise, therefore tire noise may be more evident.
EVs have a driving range per charge, which is influenced by the efficiency of the tires.
Continental has significant EV expertise as 7 of the 10 highest-volume manufacturers of electric vehicles worldwide rely on Continental tires as an original equipment fitment option. This includes Tesla, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Ford, etc. In addition, our engineering expertise—as a result of our extensive work as an automotive components supplier for EV’s—gives us first hand insight into the EV market needs, which is something no other tire company can offer.
EV Compatible easily identifies that the tire is capable of meeting the needs of an EV vehicle.
All Continental tires are EV Compatible and capable of meeting the needs of an EV vehicle. The EV compatible marking on the sidewall will be added to all new tires as they are introduced to the market.
Replacement Market product performance is typically more focused on grip and tread life while Original Equipment product performance has a heightened focus on range/fuel economy and low noise.
No. While tire efficiency and vehicle efficiency can be more top of mind for an electric vehicle or hybrid vehicle customer, this need exists similarly for vehicles with combustion engines. Continental ensures a high level of efficiency, as well as long tread life, and a high level of grip and comfort.
It depends on your needs and priorities. Our latest generation Continental product lines are designed with combustion engine vehicles, hybrids and electric vehicles in mind and are optimized for the needs of all three customer groups. While the specific needs and desires differ for each customer, the tire requirements for electric vehicles are overall similar to those for conventional combustion engines.