Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Falken | posted March 25, 2015 08:01
New concept tire from Falken to increase hybrid and EV range
Hybrid and electric vehicles may be the future of mobility but the number one obstacle is extending their range to become move viable than their fossil fuel counterparts.
Falken seems to have the answer in a concept tire that takes inspiration from motorcycle rubber.
According to the tire brand the concept ‘features different tread areas’ that will offer ‘both sporty handling and efficiency for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) SUVs.’
As seen on the Mitsubishi’s Concept XR-PHEV II small SUV, the outer third of Falken’s concept tire uses a slick surface for lower rolling resistance while incorporating water dispersion grooves for better handling in wet conditions. The inner third of the tire comes with a curved surface for much better contact during hard cornering.
“Consumers want to have the best range with a hybrid but aren’t prepared to sacrifice an ‘involving’ driving experience with sporting dynamics. A new type of tire is needed and this concept highlights how Falken could help SUV drivers to achieve efficiency without sacrificing a sportier driving experience,” said Matt Smith, Falken’s UK Director.
There is no production date set for the concept tire but Falken believes they are on the right track.
“Tires play a critical role in the way a vehicle drives and stops. Expect to see more bespoke tyres to extract the best all round performance for a car.” concluded Smith.