Apollo Tires Limited has launched its range of tires for electric vehicles. The tires have been developed specifically for use by electric vehicles and help improve their performance compared to tires made for conventionally powered cars. Launched under two sub-brands, Amperion for passenger vehicles and WAV for two-wheelers, Apollo Tires aims to capture a significant share of the meteoric rise of electric vehicles in India.
Speaking at the launch, Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Apollo Tires Limited said: “Tyre design and manufacturing has always evolved with automobiles. Our teams have invested years of research into understanding the changing dynamics and demands of vehicles in the EV space to perfect the product we are launching today.
Apollo Amperion is an electric passenger vehicle tire that offers best-in-class rolling resistance, low noise, electric tread and an aerodynamic sidewall. This tire is compatible with electric vehicles of all shapes, from hatchbacks to sedans. Apollo says the Amperion is currently available for every electric vehicle sold in India. The tire is also the first from an Indian manufacturer to earn a 5-star fuel economy rating from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. This tire is available with 195mm and 215mm tread sizes intended for SUVs with 16 and 17 inch wheels.
For electric two-wheelers, Apollo launched the WAV. This tire offers an improved design suitable for electric vehicles, low rolling resistance, light weight and high traction to handle the immediate torque. The Apollo WAV is suitable for the majority of electric scooters in the country, including popular models like the TVS iQube, Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450. The company does not currently offer tires for motorcycles, but will release them in a times in the electric motorcycle market. in India is becoming considerable.
Apollo WAV is a tire developed for electric two-wheelers and is currently available for all major electric scooters in India.
Electric vehicle tires are made from the latest polymers, tensile resins and other raw materials. These tires are developed to handle the instant torque that an electric vehicle is capable of producing, thus using improved tread patterns and rubber. EV tires have lower rolling resistance, around 30% less and are also aerodynamic. Any electric passenger or two-wheeler shod with these dedicated EV tires is faster, has better grip, has less cabin noise and better range compared to standard ICE tires.
The company is in talks with several OEMs to supply the tires that will be put on the assembly line. Additionally, Vredestein-branded EV tires will also be introduced for higher-end cars. The exact price of the tires has not been revealed. However, a brand spokesperson said a 5% premium over conventional tires of similar size.
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