Hyundai & Michelin to develop electric car tyres


Under a new agreement, Hyundai Motor Group and Michelin will work together to develop next-generation tyres optimised for future Hyundai Group premium electric vehicles.

The agreement is a continuation of a five-year partnership signed in November 2017 to develop an exclusive tyre for the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Michelin already has experience with the requirements of electric cars: for the 2021 season, the French company launched the e.Primacy summer tyre optimised for electric cars.

The agreement with Hyundai will initially run for three years. The South Korean company names environmentally friendly tyres with increased use of environmentally friendly materials (20 instead of 50 per cent of the weight) as focal points. The properties of the tyres are to be optimised for next-generation electric vehicles – and also contribute to the “further development of autonomous driving technology” via a real-time tyre monitoring system.

The eMobility-specific properties of the tyres relate to driving comfort, for example. The tyres are to “reduce noise generated by electric vehicles at high speeds”. The partners also want to conduct an analysis of tyre wear, tyre load and road friction beyond the current standards of tyre temperature and air pressure.

Hyundai’s Vice President and Head of Chassis Development Center, Bong-soo Kim has high expectations for the renewed collaboration, promising “real innovation in tyre technology”. “By fully leveraging our mobility technology and Michelin’s tyre expertise, we are confident that we can achieve breakthrough innovations in tyre performance and create synergies in this organic collaboration,” says the chassis developer.

“The collaboration between Hyundai Motor Group and Michelin over the past five years contributed to the successful launch of the Hyundai IONIQ 5,” said Georges Levy, Executive Vice President of Automotive Original Equipment at Michelin. “We are pleased to announce that the relationship has been extended for three more years to continue our work together on new technologies in favor of safer, cleaner mobility.”


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