Bridgestone To Supply Tyres For Fisker Ocean Electric Vehicle
Published On 05-Aug-2021
The custom-engineered Bridgestone tyres will be available in two tyre sizes: 255/50 R20 & 255/45 R22
Fisker has selected Bridgestone as the exclusive tyre partner for the much-anticipated Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV. The Fisker Ocean will make its global debut at the upcoming 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, with production starting on November 17, 2022.
The Fisker Ocean features extensive use of recycled materials, including a fully vegan interior, and will come with an optional photovoltaic solar roof. It will come equipped with custom-developed Bridgestone Potenza Sport tyres for vehicles sold in Europe and select models sold in North America.
The bespoke Potenza Sport tyres deliver an optimal driving experience focused on ride comfort and handling stability, and are engineered for low rolling resistance, which conserves the Fisker Ocean’s battery energy by ensuring that less power is required to move the vehicle’s tyres, said Bridgestone in a release.
According to the company, the custom-engineered Bridgestone Potenza Sport tyre has been combined with its revolutionary, sustainable ENLITEN Technology. On average, ENLITEN Technology reduces the rolling resistance of a tyre by up to 30 per cent and its weight by up to 20 per cent.
This equates to up to 2kg fewer raw material resources required to produce every tyre – an environmental benefit from both a resources and final end-of-life stage management standpoint. The use of ENLITEN Technology is key in ensuring that the Ocean’s tyres have low rolling resistance, while Potenza Sport’s sporty pattern provides a dynamic and stable driving experience.
Bridgestone will also supply custom-designed Alenza Sport all season tyres for Fisker Ocean models sold in North America. The Alenza Sport tyres are engineered with a next-generation compound that provides enhanced dry braking, wet handling and improved rolling resistance to help drivers unlock the Fisker Ocean’s full performance capabilities.
The Fisker Ocean’s custom-made Bridgestone tyres will benefit from Bridgestone’s Virtual Tyre Development technology, which enables the accurate prediction of a tyre’s performance without producing and physically driving it for the first part of the development process.
Making tyre development more sustainable, efficient, accurate and flexible, Virtual Tyre Development cuts raw material consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 60 per cent and reduces product development time and speed to market by up to 50 per cent.
The planned use of the technology in this project supports the Fisker Ocean’s ambitions to be the world’s most sustainable vehicle and will help to accelerate the project’s development time.
Prototype testing of the Fisker Ocean will start during Q4 2021. The custom-engineered Bridgestone tyres will be available in two tyre sizes: 255/50 R20 & 255/45 R22. The 22" tyre will be tuned to create a sportier handling balance, consistent with the elevated performance requirements of the higher power versions of the Fisker Ocean.
“At Bridgestone, we see EVs as a huge opportunity to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and make mobility more environmentally sustainable,” said Laurent Dartoux, President and CEO, Bridgestone EMIA. “But there are still many barriers to overcome before a fully electric future can be realized, and Fisker – like Bridgestone – is working to break those barriers down. Not only making EVs more accessible, Fisker is built from the ground up with a strong sustainability agenda that we wholeheartedly support. It’s brilliant to unite our shared ambitions and work together to achieve them.”
"We are thrilled to work with Bridgestone, a global leader in tyres and sustainable mobility, who shares our values and designed premium tyres that are the perfect match for the Fisker Ocean," said Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO of Fisker. "We have the ambition to make the most sustainable SUV featuring class-leading ride, handling, and range, and Bridgestone will play a key role in achieving this goal. We look forward to continuing to work closely together, collaborating on performance engineering and the technical development of the tyres.”
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