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Electric and hybrid SUVs - more mobility, lower emissions

SUVs that care about sustainability

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You need a car that fits your eclectic lifestyle. An SUV is the perfect choice, as it combines the comfort of a luxury sedan with the cargo and passenger space of a van, plus off-road abilities thrown in for weekend fun. However, your car choice isn’t all about you. It’s also about its impact on your carbon footprint. You are part of the rising tide of eco-conscious car owners who care as much about emissions and efficiency as they do about power and performance. Luckily, today’s electric and hybrid SUVs offer both!

The characteristic features of electric and hybrid SUVs at a glance

What sets electric or hybrid SUVs apart from combustion-fueled models?

  • Reduced or even zero emissions
  • No engine noise
  • Eco-friendly, especially when powered by renewable energy
  • Heavier than fuel-powered SUV, due to battery weight
  • Instant torque delivering instant acceleration
  • Tires: low rolling resistance to save energy and deliver the maximum range between charges; low tire/road noise transmission for passenger comfort; aerodynamic sidewall design. Find out more about e-car tires here

Infographic about SUV capabilities in electric vehicles.

How hybrid and electric car weight impacts SUV tires

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The first thing you need to know about electric and hybrid SUVs is a somewhat surprising fact that has a massive impact on the tires required. To ride in a virtually silent EV as it smoothly rolls along, you could easily think that this gently humming machine was light as a feather. It just seems so effortless, weightless even. In reality, the opposite is true. Batteries weigh a lot, so even small or mid-size electric cars are significantly heavier than gas engine vehicles. This additional weight places more strain on the wheels, so tires for electric and hybrid SUVs have a stronger sidewall. Of course, you always have to check the load capacity when buying new tires, but it is important to be aware of the implications an electric car’s weight has.

How instant torque impacts electric and hybrid SUV tires

A family is loading their car, ready for holidays.

The other thing that is special about electric SUVs is instant torque. On the positive side, it delivers instant acceleration, but on the negative side, it places a lot more strain on the tires than the more gradual acceleration from gas engines. Instant torque leads to increased tire wear, so the rubber compound used for tires fitted on electric and hybrid SUVs is selected and developed for its robustness.

Other factors to consider when choosing tires for electric and hybrid tires:
An electric SUV’s increased weight also increases its braking distance. Pay special attention to the rubber compound used in EV tires to ensure you get the best grip possible.

Low-friction tires are always a good idea. After all, rolling resistance impact efficiency, mileage, tire wear and road noise. Depending on whether you want to take your e-SUV off-road, you will have to find the best possible compromise between a smooth tread with minimum rolling resistance and a sturdy grip for all-terrain driving. Find out more about the special requirements for tires for electric vehicles.

See what electric SUVs can do

We believe in electric mobility in all its forms. To uncover its full potential, we have to explore all the possibilities e-powered vehicles offer. That is why we support the new all-electric SUV racing series Extreme E as founding sponsor. The high-performance SUVs prove that sustainable mobility isn’t just good for the planet, but also powerful, exciting and adventurous. Tune in to find out how the Extreme E SUV busts e-mobility myths.

Electric and Hybrid SUV FAQ - You asked, We answer ...

Cars parking on a car dealers ground.

Just as the name suggests, Sports Utility Vehicles offer a whole lot of cargo space for all your sporty and utilitarian needs.

Travel vacations on summer by 4x4 in the Catalan Pyrenees.

While most SUVs can go off-road, the same way four-wheel drives can, there may be some limitations.

Off road

Most SUVs certainly can go off-road. Just make sure you know the conditions and have the right tires.

A red SUV is driving on cobble stones.

If you're looking for new SUV tires, there are a number of things to consider to ensure safety and quality.

What are the legal limits (speed, tread, age) for SUV tires?

Depending on where you are in the world, you should heed several SUV tire limits.

When should I replace my SUV tires?

There are several indicators that tell you when you should replace your tires. Even if you've never had a puncture, they could be showing wear.

Tire pressure

The right tire pressure ensures optimal traction and grip on any terrain and gives you more mileage for your fuel. If you're unsure what the pressure of your SUV tires should be, refer to your vehicle's manual.

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