Continental is expanding its
market share in the tyre segment for fully electric vehicles and has
received tyre equipment approvals
for more than 40 percent of the all-electric passenger car and
van models produced in Europe. The
company has received approvals from eight of Europe’s 15
most popular electric cars and
vans besides original equipment approvals for 19 of the 47 electric
vehicles produced in Europe. Other
approvals consist of tyres for Volkswagen, Peugeot,
Mercedes-Benz and many more.
In the van segment, the range of electric vehicles is
increasing. Continental tyres are fitted to more than a third of all fully
electric campers and vans produced in Europe, with a total of nine different
tire models, summer and all-season tyres.
Low rolling resistance is in particular demand for
electric cars that focus on efficient driving. Many manufacturers rely on the
EcoContact 6, in which Continental uses the Green Chili 2.0 rubber compound.
The special compound of natural rubber and other components exhibits improved
behavior during mechanical deformation and results in lower rolling resistance
and therefore lower energy consumption. When developing the EcoContact 6,
Continental was able to reduce rolling resistance by 15 percent compared with
According to Andreas Schlenke, tyre developer,
Continental, there is not just one tyre for all fully electric vehicles. The
company is working on developing the existing portfolio so that they meet the
requirements of all electric vehicles and, at the same time, sustainably reduce
emissions from combustion vehicles. He added that, almost their entire range of
tyres is optimized for all drive types and the majority of the products can be
found on electric vehicles.
founded in 1871 and offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable
solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. The portfolio of
the tyre business unit includes services for the tire trade and fleet
applications, as well as digital management systems for tyres.
Source: Continental Press Release
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