Comparing EVs and ICEs tire performance and cost

Discussion in 'General' started by Jokow78, Apr 5, 2021.

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  1. Jokow78

    Jokow78 New Member

    I understand that tire for EVs are substantially higher than ICEs as well it does not last as long as ICEs. I heard the mileage can drop up to 40-50% depending on driving behavior.
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  3. As far as I know, the tires for EVs are not any different than the tires for ICE cars -- I've bought the same tires I've bought for my previous (ICE) cars. Likewise, the wear on my tires has not been any different than the wear on my tires before I started driving an EV.
  4. I don't know about pricing but I have read that EV tires can wear faster because of the abundance of torque, like the OP stated, it really depends how drivers behave.
  5. turtleturtle

    turtleturtle Active Member

    Would love to see some data in this. Our anecdotes will all be different.
  6. Tire wear can vary based on brand, load, pressure, use, suspension, etc. EVs weigh slightly more than ICE cars of a similar class but not enough to cause premature wear with the correct tire.

    Just do research on different brands and buy the ones that suite you best.
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  8. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    The Tesla OEM tires appear to be good for about 30k miles. I’ve replaced them with Bridgestones with longer wear range.

    Bob Wilson
  9. Frank K

    Frank K Member

    Aren't tires for EVs by default lower rolling resistance tires with softer rubber? That could lead to shorter lifetimes. Our Tesla M3 long range has the original Tesla tires and after 30K they are close to end of life. My wife, who mostly drives it is a moderately aggressive drive, I am more "chilled."
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  10. I think when comparing same tires on ICE and EVs, the biggest factors are how much power you have, and how you drive. I found on my FWD Kona, the front tires wore down much faster than my rears. That is perfectly understandable. That's why I rotate them.

    Also interestingly, my left front tire wore slightly more than the right. Not sure exactly why, maybe the car is driven mostly solo, ie more weight on left side? Or does it have to do with how torque is distributed to the front wheels?
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    marshall Active Member

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    Frank K Member

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  14. Jokow78

    Jokow78 New Member

    Thanks for the comments, it is interesting to see that it might come from the design of tire itself (more silica, lower rolling resistance to help battery life but downside on wear), the nature of the EV (heavier cars, higher torque hence more sheer/traction) and driving behavior (as a result of excitement with EV torque). The latter probably would diminish (after few months driving EV)
  15. Jokow78

    Jokow78 New Member

    The fact that EV cars like Tesla S uses 19-21" tires which generally higher tire prices, and pretty expensive for top brand like Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli could cost north of $300, but i notice also cheaper medium brand like Hankook, Kumho could go below $200

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