Hankook e-Smart: EV Bus Tyres Teaser Video

Hankook Tire, has released a teaser video for their upcoming breakthrough – their first EV-specific bus tyre set to hit the European market later this year.

Branded under the revolutionary 'e-SMART' product range, these tyres are designed to cater specifically to the unique demands of electric vehicles (EVs).

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February 20, 2024

The 'e-SMART' range aims to address critical aspects that set EVs apart from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. With a primary focus on extra wear resistance, these tyres are engineered to combat the 20% or more accelerated wear experienced by conventional tyres on EVs.

In addition to wear resistance, the 'e-SMART' tyres boast enhanced load-carrying capabilities, essential for the 15-20% additional weight typically borne by EVs compared to their ICE counterparts. The quest for a quieter ride is met with low noise features, as EVs lack engine noise, necessitating a reduction in road noise for a more pleasant driving experience.

Recognising the significance of battery mileage in EVs, Hankook prioritises low rolling resistance (RR) in the 'e-SMART' range. By reducing RR, these tyres not only save battery power but also contribute to extending the overall range of EVs.Moreover, the 'e-SMART' series is designed to handle the high torque demands of EVs, which accelerate significantly faster than conventional vehicles. This ensures optimal performance and longevity under the increased stress placed on the tyres during rapid acceleration.

The e-SMaRT AU56 City EV Tyre Prototype at Solutrans December 2023.

Hankook has already made strides in the EV tyre market with their 'iON' range for cars and vans. Now, with the 'e-SMART' range for commercial EVs, the company continues its commitment to innovation. Notably, all tyres in this range will be 3D printed, feature AI-aided design, and incorporate cutting-edge material compounds to maximise performance without compromising affordability.

As the automotive industry shifts towards sustainable solutions, Hankook's 'e-SMART' range is poised to play a pivotal role in enhancing the performance and efficiency of electric commercial vehicles.

Stay tuned for our coverage of the full unveiling later this year.

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