Electric vehicle winter tyre gains award

The Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tyre from Nokian for the BMW i3 electric vehicle has taken the 2016 tyre technology of the year award for its innovative design.

Award for Nokian tyresNokian Tyres has won the “tyre technology of the year 2016” award with the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tyre, which was designed for BMW’s unique i3 electric car, combining extremely low rolling resistance, first-class grip and exceptional driving comfort.

This modern introduction to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta family represents future technology and is the world’s first winter tyre with an A energy rating. According to tests, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of electric vehicles by as much as 30%.

Tire Technology International magazine editor and chairman of the judging panel, Graham Heeps said, “Range is everything to drivers of electric vehicles and even more of a concern in cold conditions, when battery performance can be compromised. Every mile counts, so when it comes to tyres, low rolling resistance is a must. Nokian’s Hakkapeliitta R2 means that this needn’t come at the expense of excellent grip in winter weather.”

Commenting on the award, Juha Pirhonen, Vice President of R&D at Nokian Tyres continued, “We are proud to be able to offer more winter grip, more peace of mind and, in particular, more range to the ever-increasing number of electric car owners with our Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tyre.”

Testing winter tyres to extremes

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tyres are born, bred and tested in demanding northern conditions and the company has its own testing centre covering over 700 hectares in Ivalo, Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. There, R&D and testing teams as well as test drivers put tyres to the real test, simulating winter driving extremes from November through until May, 24 hours a day.

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