What to consider when choosing summer tyres for an electrical or hybrid vehicle

When choosing summer tyres for a hybrid or electrical vehicle it’s important to consider the difference between these vehicles and traditional combustion driven vehicles. The electric and hybrid vehicles have battery packs that make them heavier than a traditional vehicle running on gasoline. This means that grip is even more important to allow proper braking and a short braking distance. At the same time obviously the whole reason for driving an electrical or hybrid vehicle is to leave a smaller ecological footprint. This is why the Nokian tyres are an eco-friendly choice as they have low rolling resistance to decrease the amount of energy needed for each trip. Thereby extending the distance that an electrical vehicle can travel on each charge. They also now have tyres that are designed especially for electrical vehicles and they have the marking EV after the tyre name, e.g., Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 EV.

So now that you are in the market for some new tyres for your hybrid (or electric) vehicle, taking into account the difference between them and a traditional vehicle, the decision is to decide if you should get summer, all weather, summer or winter tyres.  If you are living in an area with harsh winters it is suggested to use dedicated winter tyres to assure the best grip and handling on roads with snow, ice and slush. This is because winter tyres have a special flexible rubber compound combined with an unique tread design to improve grip. However, if you live in an area with mild winters or no winters at all you might be better off investing in summer or all-season tyres, where you should have winter approved all-season tyres if you come in contact with any winter conditions.

All-weather tyres are a good choice in areas that experience mild winters, as they are something between a summer tyre and a winter tyre. This allows you to safely drive on mild winter conditions and they are well prepared to deal with hydroplaning either by water or slush (slushplaning). This is an important feature as hydroplaning can also happen due to slush, which happens when the snow starts melting in the spring. Hydroplaning can be quite dangerous and disconcerting when you feel the loss of control of your vehicle so an important investment for your safety is a high-quality tyre.

Whatever tyres you choose it is important to do your homework and understand the difference driving a hybrid or electric vehicle brings. Keeping in mind that where you live is just as important as what kind of vehicle you drive. What remains the same is the need for high quality tyres. It’s the most important choice for your family’s safety and peace of mind and of course in addition to thinking about the safety of our family we also want to ensure that we take the environment into consideration to help saving the planet.

For more information regarding tyres for electric or hybrid vehicles, visit: https://www.nokiantyres.com/