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ENLITEN, Low Rolling Resistance Tyres Optimize EV Range

Bridgestone has brought its low rolling resistance tyre technology called ENLITEN to the roads in Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.3

ENLITEN Technology enables a super low rolling resistance to help conserve the ID.3’s battery power.

Battery power is also conserved by the fact that tyres with ENLITEN Technology are lighter, requiring up to 2kg less raw materials to be created.

The ID.3 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric vehicle launched to the market.

During the ID.3’s development, Volkswagen sought a tyre fitment that offered a high level of performance in both the wet and dry, good braking, long tyre life, and, most importantly, super low rolling resistance.

That’s because rolling resistance can have a huge impact on fuel use and, in this case, the ID.3’s battery power operating range.

ENLITEN tyres demonstrate a rolling resistance that is up to 30% lower than a standard premium summer tyre.

This contributes, in a combustion engine vehicle, to a reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and significantly extends battery life in an electric vehicle – ensuring that ID.3 drivers can enjoy the vehicle’s maximum range.

In addition, tyres with ENLITEN Technology enable further fuel/battery conservation by being reduced in weight by up to 20% from equivalent standard premium summer tyres. This equates to up to 2kg fewer raw material resources required to produce every tyre, another environmental benefit from both a resources and final end-of-life stage management standpoint.

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The synergy between the unique materials used to create ENLITEN Technology and a new mixing process has enhanced the technology’s compound wear performance, without compromising on grip.

This, combined with a cavity and full 3D pattern design that maximises wet and wear performance, means that ENLITEN Technology improves the vehicle’s handling to help increase driving pleasure and, in the case of the ID.3, meet all of Volkswagen’s performance targets.

The Turanza Eco tyres with ENLITEN Technology are available on Volkswagen’s ID.3 in 18, 19, and 20-inch variants.

The 19 and 20-inch tyres are equipped with Bridgestone’s B-Seal technology, which ensures temporary air retention in case of a puncture in the tread area, allowing the vehicle to keep going

Source: electronicsweekly

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