Exclusive Tyres for Electric Vehicles
The new Hankook iON EV tyres promoting sustainable mobility
Hankook is a leader in electric vehicle tyre technology and its specialist electromobility products are already being used as original equipment by Audi, BMW, Porsche, Tesla, VW and other leading brands.
The new iON products will be available for various purposes, in sizes from 18 to 22 inches, with tread widths of 225 to 305 and profiles of 30-60. The summer tyre range is called the Hankook iON evo, while the Hankook Winter iON is also now available.
Firstly, products such as Hankook’s new iON range of EV tyres have been designed to offer minimal rolling resistance and better aerodynamics. Even the lettering on the sidewalls has been modified to reduce air turbulence. This means the car will use less power and can travel as far as possible between battery charges.
The iON’s improvement in rolling resistance has been possible without affecting the exceptional grip capability. The iON range uses natural oils to ensure less abrasion, while also being environmentally friendly and saving up to one kilogram per tyre in weight.
Electric cars are naturally quieter since there is no combustion engine. This means that other sources of noise – such as the wind or tyre roar - are more noticeable to the occupants.
To counter this and make the driving experience as refined as possible, the iON range of tyres use Hankook Sound Absorber™ technology, incorporating a noise absorbing foam to reduce resonance inside the tyre cavity. Specially designed tread patterns also optimise the pitch sequence, so less audible noise reaches the cabin.
High torque handling capabilities
As electric motors can produce their maximum torque from standstill it is easy to break traction, causing dynamic issues and excess tyre wear. To prevent this slippage, the iON range uses an optimised block rigidity and extended outside shoulder blocks for maximum road contact.
The tread compound also contains a high proportion of natural resin, which ensures exceptional durability and reduced wear.
Worth the weight
Electric vehicle batteries are heavy, meaning EVs have a greater mass than conventional cars. To maintain the dynamic qualities demanded by drivers of premium vehicles, it is essential to preserve tyre stiffness while maintaining ride comfort.
Hankook’s EV Contour Technology increases cornering stiffness by 10% compared to conventional tyres. It also distributes the load over the entire width of the tread, with extra-resistant aramid fibres counteract deformation.
Triple A performance
Your customers needn’t just take your word for the excellence on the iON range. It has been able to achieve A-B/A/A ratings in the official EU labelling scheme for rolling resistance, wet grip and noise. This proves that Hankook’s iON tyres are premium, high-tech products which perfectly match the performance of your customers’ electric cars.