Revolutionizing Tire Design: Longer Lasting and More Efficient Tires for Electric Vehicles
Introduction to Better Tire Design
As technology continues to advance, we are seeing improvements in all areas of our lives. One area that has seen significant changes is the automotive industry. Electric vehicles (EVs) have become more popular, and with them comes a need for better tire design. That's where our tech development company comes in.
We have been working with tire companies using a DOE grant to create new materials that will decrease wear by about 30%. This means that tires will last longer and use 10% less energy, allowing drivers to go further on a single charge. While these tires may cost $20-30 more than traditional ones, the energy and replacement savings pay back the extra cost quickly.
Two tire companies are currently building and testing these new tires, one of which is using Tesla's. We believe that Tesla customers would be interested in purchasing these tires and paying extra for them. However, before we move forward, we wanted to test the waters with actual drivers.
Questions and Concerns About Better Tire Design
One driver had concerns about where the tires would be manufactured, stating that they would only pay extra if they weren't made in China. While we cannot guarantee where the tires will be manufactured, we can assure you that we are working with two of the top three tire manufacturers to make and test them.
Another driver had several questions about the performance of these new tires compared to traditional ones. They asked about the noise profile at different speeds, traction on wet and dry surfaces, and how it resists traction loss on EV acceleration. These are all valid concerns, and we are happy to address them.
Regarding the noise profile, we do not anticipate any changes. However, we will be testing this on our test tires in Q4 to confirm. If necessary, tire designers can adjust tread to make quieter tires without compromising grip or wear.
In terms of traction, we have held it constant while improving wear and fuel economy. It is possible to improve grip as well, but the improvement in wear and fuel will be less pronounced. As for resisting traction loss during EV acceleration, there should be no issues since we have maintained grip levels.
Finally, another driver was curious if our new formulation managed to break any conventional wisdoms regarding tire design. Traditionally, softer tires have better grip but wear out quickly, while harder tires last longer but make more noise. Our new formulation does not necessarily break this convention; instead, it allows for a balance between properties like grip, wear, and fuel economy.
Overall, our goal is to provide drivers with better tire options that last longer and use less energy without sacrificing performance. We understand that there may be some skepticism or concerns about these new tires, but we are confident in their ability to deliver on our promises.
We are excited to continue working with top tire manufacturers to bring these new designs to market and look forward to third-party reviews that substantiate our claims. With continued advancements in technology and collaboration across industries, we believe that better tire design is just the beginning of what's possible for electric vehicles and beyond.