Just as the EV ecosystem is strengthening, tire manufacturers, the last piece of the puzzle, so to speak, are also stepping in. They are creating bespoke tires for EVs and signing deals with automakers.
Tire manufacturer Michelin today struck a deal with Korean automotive giant Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) to develop next-generation tires optimized for premium electric vehicles.
Hyundai had a 5-year partnership with Michelin (signed in 2017) to manufacture state-of-the-art tires for electric and luxury vehicles. The cooperative agreement linked the research and development work of the two companies. The partnership led to the development of a unique tire for Hyundai’s EV Ioniq 5.
The new MoU now follows the successful completion of the first partnership and will lead on a new journey towards the development of next-generation tires that will come equipped with smart and sustainable mobility solutions. The two companies will also explore ways to increase the use of environmentally friendly materials in tires to around 50% of the tire’s total weight, up from 20% today.
Joint survey on the future of tires
Over the next three years, Hyundai and Michelin will jointly develop eco-friendly tires with increased use of eco-friendly materials, optimized tires for next-generation electric vehicles, and a real-time tire monitoring system that will help advance autonomous driving technology. . The two companies did not detail any specific details about what these eco-friendly materials are.
The next-generation tires resulting from the collaboration will make their way to future premium EV models from Hyundai Motor Group. This new technology is critical to meeting tire durability requirements, as well as high-load driving performance and electrical efficiency, as the range of EVs continues to increase. The new tires are also expected to significantly improve drivers’ driving comfort by reducing vibration and noise generated by EVs at high speeds.
“This partnership with Michelin will result in real innovations in tire technology, solidifying Hyundai Motor Group’s position as a leader in the smart mobility industry,” said Vice President Kim.
Hyundai and Michelin also plan to conduct joint research to analyze tire wear, tire load and road friction in addition to current tire temperature and air pressure standards.