Apollo Tyres recently announced the debut of their new range of tyres that have been created exclusively for the electric vehicle category, which includes passenger cars as well as two-wheelers.
The Apollo Amperion line of tyres is designed for electric passenger vehicles, while the Apollo WAV line is intended for electric two-wheelers.
It is believed that the Apollo Amperion has the best rolling resistance in its class, as well as low noise levels, an electric tread pattern design, and aerodynamic sidewalls. It will serve electric vehicles in India’s hatchback, compact SUV, and sedan markets, such as the Tata Nexon, MG ZS, Hyundai Kona, and other EVs that are still in the development stage. In addition, the Apollo Amperion is the first Indian tyre to get a fuel savings label from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, along with a 5-star certification in the PV area (BEE).
While the Apollo WAV, thanks to its specialised design, low rolling resistance, low weight, and high traction to resist the initial torque, will be able to accommodate the vast majority of high-powered electric scooters that are currently on the market in the country, such as the TVS iQube, Bajaj Chetak, and Ather 450. Despite the minimal number of vehicles that fall into this category at the moment, the business intends to move on with the development of electric tyres for motorbikes.
“Tyre design and manufacture have always developed along with the autos,” said Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA), for Apollo Tyres. Our teams have spent years doing research to better understand the constantly shifting dynamics and requirements of cars operating in the EV area in order to create the solution that we are introducing today. We are currently in conversations with numerous original equipment manufacturers in India to offer these tyres for the electric cars, and we will be aiming for a lion’s share in the electric vehicle arena in India, in both the PV and two-wheeler segments.
Despite the fact that the tyres created expressly for electric cars can seem comparable to the ones used in vehicles powered by internal combustion engines (ICE), the manufacturer insists they are entirely different. On the other hand, they are highly unlike in terms of the kinds of materials and parts that are utilised, as well as the design and construction of the tyres. The electric vehicle tyres employ polymers, traction resin, and other raw materials from the most recent development. In order for electric vehicles to be able to manage quick acceleration, the tyres need to be able to withstand higher torque. This requires an enhanced tread pattern as well as improved rubber compositions.
The rolling resistance of an electric vehicle’s tyres is often intended to be lower than that of a standard tyre by around 30 percent. As a consequence of this, the battery range of electric vehicles may be increased thanks to such EV tyres. The load-bearing capability of the tread, plies, and sidewalls of the tyres used in electric cars has been significantly boosted.