Apollo Tyres has launched new EV-specific tyre ranges in India below two new sub-brands — Amperion and WAV. The Apollo Amperion is devoted to electrical passenger automobiles, whereas the Apollo WAV vary is focused at electrical two-wheelers.
The Apollo Amperion vary is obtainable in two completely different tread sizes — 195mm and 215mm — each focused at SUVs with R16 and R17 rim sizes. The EV-specific tyres additionally characteristic a five-star BEE certification on parameters of low rolling resistance, wet-grip efficiency and street noise.
Apollo Tyres claims Amperion will improve the vary of the EV by as much as 8% owing to the particular functionalised resin compound that provides higher grip to deal with immediate torque software in case of EVs, in addition to to cut back rolling resistance. The tyres are additionally being claimed to supply excessive sturdiness and the potential to face up to extended excessive load from the burden of the EV battery. The sidewall profile on the Apollo Amperion vary can also be recessed to decrease the aerodynamic drag, due to this fact, attaining decreased resistance whereas rolling on the street.
The Apollo WAV two-wheeler tyre vary, at the moment focused on the likes of the Ather 450X, TVS iQube and Bajaj Chetak e-scooters, additionally options specialised design to supply low rolling resistance, in addition to excessive traction to withstand the preliminary torque in an EV. The corporate plans to develop EV tyres for bikes within the subsequent part as soon as there are extra electrical bike choices available in the market.
Whereas the precise pricing has not been revealed, the Amperion and WAV tyres will probably be accessible for a 5% premium over the comparable tyres from Apollo’s vary for combustion engine-powered autos. The corporate will retail tyres from its widespread supplier and distribution community in India, and also will eye direct-OEM provides for present EV fashions such because the Tata Nexon EV, and MG ZS EV, in addition to upcoming EV automobiles.