tyre manufacturer, Apollo Tyres has introduced specific tyres for electric
vehicles (EVs) for both, passenger vehicles and two-wheelers. Apollo Amperion
range of tyres for the PV segment, whereas Apollo WAV range for the
two-wheelers, were launched for the Indian market.
Amperion, with its best-in-class rolling resistance, low noise, electric tread
pattern design and aerodynamic sidewall, will cater to the EVs in hatchback,
compact SUV and sedan segments in India, like Tata Nexon, MG ZSE, Hyundai Kona
and other upcoming EVs. Apollo Amperion has also become the first Indian tyre
to have received fuel savings label with 5-star rating for the PV category by
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
WAV with its specialised design, low rolling resistance, low weight and high
traction to resist the initial torque, will cater to the majority of high
powered electric scooters available in the country, like TVS iQube, Bajaj
Chetak and Ather 450. The company plans to develop EV tyres for motorcycles in
the next phase, considering the extremely low numbers in this category
on the launch of EV tyres, Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East
and Africa (APMEA), Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “Tyre design and manufacturing have
always evolved along with the automobiles. Our teams have invested years of
research to understand the changing dynamics and requirements of vehicles in EV
space to perfect the product that we are launching today. We are already in
discussions with multiple OEMs in India to supply these tyres for the electric
vehicles, and will be targeting for a lion’s share in the EV space in India, in
both PV and two-wheeler segments.”
Tyres has come out with distinctive technologies to build these products. ‘AQuT
Tech’ (Apollo Quiet Tyre Technology), working on tyre cavity, pattern and
construction to reduce Noise. Also developed ‘BEST Tech’ (Battery Energy Saver
Technology), deployed using ultra low RR technology package which helps extends
battery range of the electric vehicle. The R&D Team has used Design Mood
Board philosophy for design inspiration. Apollo Amperion design has been inspired
by Jellyfish, being the most energy efficient and silent creature, and Apollo
WAV is inspired by digital circuit board design.
How are EV tyres
tyres might look similar to the ones used in internal combustion engine (ICE)
vehicles. However, they are very different in terms of components used, tyre
design and construction. EV tyres use latest generation polymers, traction
resin and other raw materials. To handle instant acceleration of the EVs, the
tyres handle more torque, which means an improved tread pattern and rubber compounds.
The EV tyres usually are designed with lesser rolling resistance, amounting to
around 30%. This results in the EV tyres extending the battery range of the
vehicles. The tyres for electric vehicles have increased load bearing capacity
at the tread, plies and sidewalls.
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