New Bridgestone Tyre To Help Save Volkswagen ID.3 EV Battery Power
Published On 10-Jul-2020
Custom developed Turanza tyre demonstrate a rolling resistance that is up to 30 per cent lower than a standard premium summer tyre
The environmentally friendly Enliten Technology enables a super low rolling resistance to help conserve the ID.3’s battery power.
Battery power is also conserved by the fact that tyres with Enliten Technology are lighter, requiring up to 2kg less raw materials to be created.
Engineered to maximise wet and wear performance, Enliten Technology also improves the ID.3’s handling to help increase driving pleasure.
Bridgestone has collaborated with Volkswagen to bring a new lightweight tyre technology for the car manufacturer’s new all-electric ID.3 vehicle. The environmentally friendly Enliten Technology enables tyres to have a super low rolling resistance while requiring less materials to be created. It is being applied by Bridgestone for the first time on Turanza Eco tyres specially engineered for the ID.3.
ID.3 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric vehicle launched in the market. During the ID.3’s development, Volkswagen sought a tyre fitment that offered a high level of performance in both the wet and dry, good braking, long tyre life, and, most importantly, super low rolling resistance. That’s because rolling resistance can have a huge impact on fuel use and, in this case, the ID.3’s battery power operating range.
Bridgestone custom developed Turanza tyre with Enliten Technology that promises to conserve battery power. Its new innovative lightweight tyre technology sets a new lowered standard in material use and rolling resistance to deliver significant environmental benefits - perfect for a vehicle created with sustainability front of mind, said the tyre manufacturer in a release.
Enliten Technology tyres demonstrate a rolling resistance that is up to 30 per cent lower than a standard premium summer tyre. It also enables further fuel/battery conservation by being reduced in weight by up to 20 percent from equivalent standard premium summer tyres. This equates to up to 2kg fewer raw material resources required to produce every tyre which is another environmental benefit.
The Turanza Eco tyres with Enliten Technology are available on Volkswagen’s ID.3 in 18, 19, and 20-inch variants. The 19 and 20-inch tyres are equipped with Bridgestone’s B-Seal technology, which ensures temporary air retention in case of a puncture in the tread area, allowing the vehicle to keep going.
Commenting was Karsten Schebsdat, Head of Chassis Development, Volkswagen: “The significant reduction of rolling resistance allowed by Enliten Technology has a huge impact on the ID.3’s battery conservation, which is very important, especially with there being many questions around electric vehicle range today. Enliten Technology can go a long way in helping to change perceptions on the viability of e-mobility. It’s a ground-breaking technology for sure.”
Mark Tejedor, VP Original Equipment at Bridgestone EMIA, also commented: “The recent projects in the all-electric ID family have proved what e-mobility is capable of; in the ID.3 we truly have an electric vehicle that’s designed for everyone. We are very proud at Bridgestone to have helped bring the performance and environmental benefits of Enliten Technology to the roads for the first time on Volkswagen’s new all-electric ID.3 vehicle. ”