In a new development, the engineers at Continental Tire have managed to reduce the rolling resistance of the EcoContact 6 summer tires made for Ford. The resistance properties are now below those recommended for Class A tires by EU Tire Label. They beat the requirement by more than 15%.
This achievement provides great benefits for the environment thanks to reduced energy consumption. It was made possible by implementing innovative technologies, reducing the materials used, and optimizing rubber compound designs to reduce abrasion and heat build-up.
“In connection with an original equipment order placed by Ford, we have succeeded in improving rolling resistance properties to an extraordinary degree,” remarked Dr. Holger Lange, Head of Passenger Tire Development for Continental’s original equipment business, adding: “This is all the more remarkable because we managed to achieve this without compromising on tire safety or comfort.”
“Thanks to their special properties, the tires we developed are helping Ford to sustainably reduce vehicle energy consumption across all drive types and models,” remarked Lange, adding: “In so doing, our EcoContact 6 tires for Ford are setting a new rolling-resistance benchmark for the entire industry. In this way, we are making an important contribution to helping our OE customers achieve their WLTP fleet targets.”
WLTP is the standard test procedure for passenger car tires worldwide. It stands for Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure.
“Continental has been working on tires to increase the efficiency of electric vehicles for over 10 years, now,” said Lange, adding: “As early as 2012, we presented the Conti.eContact – a tire specifically designed to meet the needs of solely electrically powered vehicles. In the meantime, almost our entire portfolio meets e-vehicle requirements, while at the same time also being capable of sustainably reducing emissions for combustion-engine vehicles.”
When it comes to meeting the requirements for electric vehicles, Continental tires have grown in market share. 6 out of the 10 top electric vehicle producers placed more trust in Continental’s technologies and chose the company’s tires as original equipment in 2020. These include Volkswagen for the ID.3 and Tesla for its Model S and Model 3.