Volkswagen’s First All-Electric SUV To Come Equipped With Hankook Tire

Published On 22-Jul-2021By Anand Priyadarshi

VW ID.4 will come fitted with Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tires that comes equipped with Hankook SEALGUARD puncture protection technology.

Hankook Tire is expanding its original equipment business in the electromobility sector. The tyremaker has announced that it will will equip Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV, the ID.4, with its Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tires.

The tire’s reduced rolling resistance sustains the vehicle’s range, while the lightweight, yet particularly stable double-layer carcass construction confidently carries the vehicle weight of Volkswagen’s new, sporty all-rounder, and supports its dynamic characteristics. A prototype of the Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 ev has already been fitted on the VW study ID. Crozz, the design of which the new ID.4 is based on, said Hankook in a release.

According to the company, the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev has been developed specifically for electric cars. Depending on the equipment variant, the size range from 18- to 21 Inch are partly equipped with Hankook SEALGUARD puncture protection technology.

“The prototypes of various electric vehicles from VW were already running on Hankook tires. We are pleased to be able to further expand and support the portfolio of alternative drive systems with the ID.4 tires together with our long-standing global original equipment partner Volkswagen,” says Jeongho Park, Executive Vice President and Director of OE Division. “With this, we want to make an additional, important contribution to sustainable mobility.”

Reduced rolling resistance, lower weight and higher load-bearing capacity, these characteristics are of particular importance for electric vehicle tires and in order to support battery performance and the vehicle’s range, while at the same time supporting the concept-related higher vehicle weight.

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To meet these special requirements, Hankook engineers have equipped the EV tire Ventus S1 evo 3 ev with a double-layer carcass made of a specially developed high-performance fibre. It offers very high stability with a low tare weight relative to its size. Also important is the tread compound of the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev, which - for excellent grip in wet and dry conditions - has been adapted to the needs of very high drive torque deploying electric vehicles, while optimizing rolling resistance at the same time.

 In the 20-inch dimensions, an additional steel-based reinforcement is also used in the bead area due to the reduced sidewall height, which contributes to further increased sidewall stiffness. In addition to a precise fit of the tire on the rim, this also ensures particularly sporty, direct steering response.

The Hankook SEALGUARD sealing technology applied in the Hankook 19, 20 and 21-inch dimensions for the VW ID.4 automatically seals punctures up to 5mm in diameter within the tire’s tread area. SEALGUARD offers the advantage that even in the unlikely event of a nail puncture, for example, a trip can be continued without any problems and the tire does not need changing, claims company.

Therefore, a spare wheel no longer needs to be carried in SEALGUARD - equipped vehicles, providing additional space in the boot, saving weight, and eliminating the need for a potentially dangerous wheel change at the roadside. In addition to their safety benefits, tires equipped with Hankook’s SEALGUARD technology continue to offer the usual comfort, as their basic construction does not differ from tires without SEALGUARD, it added.

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