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With the introduction of affordable mass-market models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, and the Hyundai Ioniq EV, electric vehicles have officially broken into the mainstream.

Along with them, there’s a whole host of special new “EV” tires that promise greater range and efficiency than your run-of-the-mill commuter car tire can manage. But commuters aren’t exactly strangers to efficient, low-rolling-resistance tires; they’ve been a staple of the passenger vehicle tire market for some years now, helping to support the environmentalist-pleasing MPG numbers of fuel-sipping models like the Toyota Prius. In that time, attentive drivers have become quite accustomed with the usual casualties of greater rolling efficiency: performance and noise.

Simply put, it’s remarkably difficult to boost the efficiency of a tire by lowering rolling resistance without using firm, hard-wearing tire compounds, and as a rule, the harder a tire’s rubber is, the less able it is to deform, deflect, and grab hold of the pavement. The result is often a tire that, while long-lasting and great for your EV’s range, feels a bit more “wooden” than we might like, sacrificing some amount of stopping resistance and corner-holding in exchange for a modest boost in driving range.

The ERANGE Tire


Now, tire manufacturer Sailun has set out to develop a tire with all the benefits of a high-efficiency EV tire, but none of the drawbacks – a tire that allows the EV owner to have their proverbial cake, and eat it, too. They might just have done it with the new Sailun ERANGE, and in the process, breathed new life into an old debate. So do you really need EV tires? The Sailun ERANGE makes a compelling argument for why you do.

Central to what makes the Sailun ERANGE different from other leading EV tires is the company’s revolutionary liquid phase mixing process. Most traditional tires are made from a mixture of dry chemical compounds that are all blended and molded together into a single form. The process is generally perfectly effective, but it leaves the myriad different compounds in the tire’s tread less well-mixed than they could be; certain patches of tire might have more of some compound or another than neighboring areas, leaving some amount of performance on the table.



A truly homogenous mix is what you want, and the trick to achieving greater homogeneity? Mixing the compounds while they’re in a liquid form. That’s the big breakthrough that Sailun has managed to accomplish with the ERANGE, and it’s unlocked a new level of EV tire performance. It means you get all the stopping and cornering grip you need, in a tire that doesn’t compromise when it comes to its hard-wearing, low-rolling-resistance chemical cocktail.

SEE ALSO: Sailun ERANGE EV Tire Review

Benchmarking the Best


Armed with this unique liquid phase mixing technique, Sailun makes some pretty lofty promises for the ERANGE. They’ve benchmarked the new ERANGE tire against some of the best, hottest-selling tires in the segment, and found that the ERANGE delivers about a full seven percent more driving range per battery charge than EV tires from other leading manufacturers – a huge margin, if you consider what that means over the course of a year.

More range per charge means fewer charge and discharge cycles, making life just a bit easier on your battery, as well as helping alleviate some amount of range anxiety. That impressive boost in driving range is accompanied by a major edge in treadwear, so the ERANGE can go further for longer without needing replacement, and according to Sailun, the ERANGE emits roughly five percent less noise than other leading EV tire models. That’s nice to have in any car, but all the more important when it’s a whisper-quiet electric vehicle; that tire noise makes up most of what you’re going to be hearing in the cabin.



There was a time not too long ago when we were decidedly on-the-fence when it came to EV tires. Less rolling resistance and a harder wearing tread would be pluses for any passenger vehicle tire, but historically, the compromises consumers have had to make to get those things have been big. But Sailun’s new ERANGE EV tire, with its uncompromised road-holding and impressive range-extending capabilities, makes a strong case for why you might just need EV tires after all – and all at a price around 30 to 40 percent less than the other leading EV tire brands. It’s a true win-win-win, and that’s a rare thing to find these days.
 

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I have winter tyres from my previous car
On the ev6 (from Espace, Renault).

sound is good, wee bit more then original ones.
Mileage small drop down but weather has most impact…

comfort good, experience good.

In short I do think EV tyres is more marketing then necessity…

Btw, many tyres of this size are by nature heavy load…
 

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This is a good overview of EV tires and why EV's may benefit from tires specifically designed for EV's: the-best-tires-for-your-ev-have-four-unique-challenges

I still have the original tires on my EV6, but next tire change, I will probably buy EV specific tires. Good to see the tire industry responding and, hopefully, when I need to replace the stock tires, there will be more choice out there.
 

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This is a good overview of EV tires and why EV's may benefit from tires specifically designed for EV's: the-best-tires-for-your-ev-have-four-unique-challenges

I still have the original tires on my EV6, but next tire change, I will probably buy EV specific tires. Good to see the tire industry responding and, hopefully, when I need to replace the stock tires, there will be more choice out there.
The stock tires on the EV6 are not EV specific tires? I honestly hadnt even paid attention.
 

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The stock tires on the EV6 are not EV specific tires? I honestly hadnt even paid attention.
Not sure across models and countries, but the ones that came on my EV6 are typical all weather/all purpose stock tires. The main issue is that without the engine noise, the main noise comes from the tires. The EV specific tires have sound insulation in them that is promoted to reduce the rolling noise.
 

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Not sure across models and countries, but the ones that came on my EV6 are typical all weather/all purpose stock tires. The main issue is that without the engine noise, the main noise comes from the tires. The EV specific tires have sound insulation in them that is promoted to reduce the rolling noise.
The Continental CrossContact RX tires on my GTL aren't explicitly marketed as EV specific, but they have literally all the features of an EV tire, including that sound absorbing foam. CrossContact™ RX: Crossover performance enhanced by German technology | Continental (continental-tires.com)
 

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The Continental CrossContact RX tires on my GTL aren't explicitly marketed as EV specific, but they have literally all the features of an EV tire, including that sound absorbing foam. CrossContact™ RX: Crossover performance enhanced by German technology | Continental (continental-tires.com)
I'll have to check what tires I have on my GTL, but there are Continentals, so probably the same as yours. Good to know. I must say the cabin is pretty quiet and they seem to perform well.
 

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The Continental CrossContact RX tires on my GTL aren't explicitly marketed as EV specific, but they have literally all the features of an EV tire, including that sound absorbing foam. CrossContact™ RX: Crossover performance enhanced by German technology | Continental (continental-tires.com)
Our EV6 GT came with Continental Premium Contact 6 rubber and they seem to perform well and are quiet. I fitted Michelin Primacy 4s to our Hyundai Ioniq 2020 when the front EV specific Michelin Green Energy tyres needed to be replaced. (I had used Michelin Primacy tyres for years on my ICE cars.) I have not noticed any real difference in range with the Hyundai and they do seem to be a better driving tyre than the Green Energy ones. Too early to tell yet about any wear differences.
 

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My car came with the Kumhos and they have the foam lining. They seem quiet but the grip is terrible and don’t seem to fit the car very well, they give no confidence in sport and are just suited in Eco mode to potter around.

I can’t wait to get rid, just to what and when I’d the question for me.
 

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Bummer! Just looked outside and found my driver side rear tire is flat! Now I need to check into new tires, Looking into what's listed here and doing some research, I find that it's more confusing than ever. There's a new load rating of HL, which is more than the XL, but I cannot find any tire out there with that rating, I did see the Michelin Defender LTX M/S tire, with an XL load rating at Discount Tire.
Now, I just bought this GT-Line in AZ, and it was a used model, with the window sticker saying it has 20" tires. Now, as I was re-inflating my tire, I find that it has 19" tires. I'm not exactly happy with this discovery, but it is what it is.
Anyway, I need to come up with a good tire, and don't want noisy tires, since I really, really enjoy the quiet ride.
 

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Now, as I was re-inflating my tire, I find that it has 19" tires. I'm not exactly happy with this discovery, but it is what it is.
I wouldn’t feel too bad - that probably means the original owner swapped out the stock 20s for someone else’s stock 19s, which are more efficient. It’s sort of a toss up which you think look better - I’m not terribly fond of the OEM 20s so I wouldn’t be too bothered in your situation.
 

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I wouldn’t feel too bad - that probably means the original owner swapped out the stock 20s for someone else’s stock 19s, which are more efficient. It’s sort of a toss up which you think look better - I’m not terribly fond of the OEM 20s so I wouldn’t be too bothered in your situation.
Makes it a bit harder looking for tires when each place says that I have 20" wheels on my EV6GT-L, so I have to lie about which car I have.
 

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Bummer! Just looked outside and found my driver side rear tire is flat! Now I need to check into new tires, Looking into what's listed here and doing some research, I find that it's more confusing than ever. There's a new load rating of HL, which is more than the XL, but I cannot find any tire out there with that rating, I did see the Michelin Defender LTX M/S tire, with an XL load rating at Discount Tire.
Now, I just bought this GT-Line in AZ, and it was a used model, with the window sticker saying it has 20" tires. Now, as I was re-inflating my tire, I find that it has 19" tires. I'm not exactly happy with this discovery, but it is what it is.
Anyway, I need to come up with a good tire, and don't want noisy tires, since I really, really enjoy the quiet ride.
Is your flat tire pluggable? It will depend on the location of the puncture and available tread left. I can't imagine, living in AZ, that you have a need for M/S tires. The Michelins you found will undoubtedly have a much higher rolling resistance than comparable touring tires, which will affect your range.
 
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