Electromobility, too, entails new requirements for tire specifications – due to the increased weight and higher torque of electric vehicles, among other reasons. Higher loads require tires with increased lateral stiffness, and the braking distance is extended. Lower rolling resistance helps to improve energy efficiency and thus increases the vehicle's range. Lower noise emissions mean comfort in the passenger compartment – and this criterion is becoming extremely important now that noise from a combustion engine is eliminated. However, immediate torque on start-up leads to faster wear and / or reduced running performance.
"Made-to-measure" tires are in demand. Flexible testing capacities and shorter test times are the keys to maintaining competitive edge.