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AUTOMOTIVE suppliers are confirming an electric vehicle (EV) future with the latest news from tyre-maker Hankook that it will launch a new generation of tyre designed to suit quiet EV operation.

The new tyre – partially made with fir-tree resin – aims to suit an EV’s lower operational noise, higher initial acceleration and bodies that are 10 to 20 per cent heavier than internal-combustion engined vehicles.

The Kinergy AS EV has a “hyper-low” noise environment suitable for electric vehicles and a comfortable riding and supreme driving performance on par with ultra-high performance tyres, the company said.

It also has an aramid-hybrid reinforcement belt with extra-load reinforcement structure that allows little or no increase in diameter during high-speed driving and minimises tread block distortion when changing direction.

Probably the best news is its “Aqua Pine” compound resin that comes from conifers.

“With the new compound, performance improves on wet roads, securing agile handling and braking in all road conditions,” Hankook said.

“This improves driving stability while reducing tyre slip and minimizing tread abrasion to deliver the high power of the electric motor and powerful initial acceleration with no loss.”

Kinergy AS EV will be available in Korea this year, and global launch is also under review for next year.

By Neil Dowling

KPMG