Apollo Tyres and NATRAX Unveil Specialised EV Tyre Test Track in India

Apollo Tyres, in collaboration with the National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX), has announced the launch of a new test track in India designed exclusively for evaluating tyres on electric vehicles (EVs). This state-of-the-art facility is aimed at testing and validating the performance of low rolling resistance tyres, which are crucial for the efficiency and durability of EVs.

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Published on
April 30, 2024

The test track, a first in India for such specific purposes, will enable EV manufacturers to thoroughly assess the cut and chip resistance of tyres. This type of resistance is vital for EVs due to their distinctive design features, such as regenerative braking and high-speed acceleration capabilities. Additionally, the track will support the evaluation of fuel-efficient tyres under the Star label programme, further enhancing its utility.

At the inauguration, Dr. Hanif Qureshi, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Heavy Industries, highlighted the significance of this initiative. He linked the development of the track to the Government of India's 'Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan'—a campaign aimed at promoting self-sufficiency and reducing import dependence. According to Dr. Qureshi, the new facility is a stride towards enhancing the sustainability and growth of the Indian automotive industry.

Satish Sharma, President of Apollo Tyres for Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa, expressed the company’s commitment to delivering high-quality products globally. By investing in such advanced testing infrastructure, Apollo Tyres aims to expedite the development of tyres that are not only suitable for OEMs but also tailored for the unique road conditions and climatic challenges of India.

Dr. Manish Jaiswal, Director of NATRAX, took pride in the facility’s global stature, describing it as a one-of-a-kind, world-class establishment. He noted that the new cut and chip test track, developed in close partnership with Apollo Tyres, would significantly enhance the testing capabilities available to passenger and commercial vehicle manufacturers, as well as other tyre makers.

Daniele Lorenzetti, Chief Technology Officer at Apollo Tyres, detailed the track’s innovative design which includes features like split mu surfaces and gradients to simulate real-world driving conditions. He emphasised that this facility would reduce product development time, allowing Apollo Tyres to bring new and improved products to market more swiftly and effectively. Lorenzetti also highlighted that this development is in line with the company's strategy to align its offerings with the evolving demands of the EV market, both in India and internationally.

The establishment of this test track not only marks a significant advancement in automotive testing in India but also positions Apollo Tyres at the forefront of the rapidly growing electric vehicle sector.

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