Hankook iON evo Crowned Winner of Auto Bild's "Reifencheck" Tyre Test for EV's

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April 5, 2023

Hankook, has secured yet another win with its specially designed premium tyre for electric vehicles - the Hankook iON evo.

The iON evo has won the Auto Bild "Reifencheck" tyre test, which was featured in the latest issue of the publication (issue 14 from April 5). Auto Bild compared three summer tyres in size 245/45 R 19 102 Y and assessed whether top performance and excellent safety properties could be reconciled with the requirements for the lowest possible rolling resistance while also achieving maximum range. The iON evo emerged as the clear winner of the test.

In the new "Reifencheck" test format, the Auto Bild team carefully examined the required properties of tyres for electric vehicles. Electric vehicles react differently to driving commands and dynamics than conventional combustion engines due to their higher dead weight and immediately available torque. The premium tyre iON evo was particularly convincing in the braking tests on dry and wet roads, topping the standings in both. The Hankook tyre particularly impressed in the wet, taking the lead and bringing the test vehicle to a standstill almost four metres earlier than the runner-up. The iON evo also took the top spot on the podium when it came to handling on wet surfaces and had the lowest pass-by noise, thanks to the "Hankook Sound Absorber™". Finally, the Hankook iON evo combines outstanding safety-relevant qualities with a significantly lower rolling resistance of just 6.21 kg/t. This was the lowest in the test, almost 1.5 kg/t lower than the closest competitor.

Klaus Krause, Head of the Hankook Europe Technical Centre (ETC), said that "The Hankook iON is our tailor-made answer to the rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles and the associated need for suitable tyres. The very good result in the Auto Bild test proves that with our products we offer drivers of electric vehicles a great advantage over conventional tyres."

The iON evo's development is in response to the transition towards emission-free vehicles. It combines reduced rolling resistance, particularly low-noise rolling behavior, and excellent driving dynamics qualities. Compared to conventional tyres, this means more range per battery charge, maximum safety, and a better driving experience for EV drivers.

In the specific Auto Bild test, a rolling resistance reduced by one kg/t increases the range by around four percent, which translates to around 30 kilometers further driving distance. The iON evo's lower rolling resistance of just 6.21 kg/t is a significant advantage for EV drivers who want to maximize their range without sacrificing safety, handling, or driving pleasure.

The iON evo's win in the Auto Bild "Reifencheck" tyre test demonstrates that Hankook is at the forefront of tyre innovation and continues to deliver premium products that cater to the changing needs of consumers. As the demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, the iON evo is undoubtedly a product to watch out for.

Visit: https://www.hankooktire.com/global/en/tires/ion.html

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