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Best Tires For Electric Cars (Regular Tires VS. Special EV Tires)

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If you already own an EV, you probably have noticed how their tires wear out so fast compared to those on ICE cars. 

Normally, this is mainly caused by Evs’ torque and weight.

The best solution for tire wear is getting special EV tires.

We recently conducted an online poll in a community of EV owners who have used both the regular and the EV special tires to obtain their feedback based on their experiences.

We also experimented with the two different types of tires on different EVs for a more clear picture of their effect on the driving experience and the differences between the two. 

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What tires should you use on your EV? 

There’s no precise answer to this question because it depends on many factors, that we’re going to discuss in this article to help you decide on the best tires that suit your needs.

EV tires vs. regular tires

What tire do EV owners prefer?

The following is a summary of the findings of the online survey.

35% preferred EV tires while 65% preferred regular tires on their EVs.

Top Reasons why 35% of EV owners preferred EV tires

  1. Some EV owners reported having seen a difference in range, by about 5% to 7% with EV tires. However, this was not the case when they were using the normal tires.
  2. Special EV tires are much quieter. This is because, nowadays, most of these EV tires come with noise suspension foam that makes them much quieter when driving.

Reasons why 65% of EV owners preferred regular tires

  1. They are cheaper compared to EV tires, particularly the Tesla tires.
  2. According to some EV owners, regular tires are much better on cold/wet roads because they grip the road much better than EV tires.

However, this was quite the opposite of what tire manufacturers claimed when it comes to EV tire traction.

Side Note:
Some EV owners did not recognize the difference in the EV tire traction, some said it has strong traction and others said it did not have good traction.

Generally, the traction will depend on the type of EV, tire specification, and brand.

  1. They experienced challenges at the tire repair shops. Apparently, most of the shops are hesitant to work on EV tires that have noise suspension foam.
  1. The regular tires covered more miles.

NOTE: This was purely the opinion of EV owners who have had experiences with both types of tires. 

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Tire experts recommendations

According to tire experts in the industry, you don’t need an EV tire to get more miles on your tires because there are many factors that affect how long your tires will last, regardless of whether they’re EV tires or regular.

But when it comes to other tire features, it is entirely up to you to decide what you need most.
For instance, between range and driving experience what would you sacrifice?

The following are some of the factors that affect tire life according to tire experts:

  • Tire temperature.

Most quality tires have high resistance to heat. However, everything has a breaking point. 

Therefore, you need to be extremely keen when checking and ensure that you buy quality tires that can withstand the heat.

  • Driving style/habits.

Some of the driving habits that may likely affect the rate at which your tire wears out include:

  1. Lack of proper tire rotation.
  2. Frequent hard braking (though this is rare when driving an EV).
  3. Hitting hard corners.
  4. Not properly inflating your tires. Over and under-inflating wear out the tires prematurely.

Other factors that may affect how fast the tire wears out are:

  • Road quality.
  • Tread depth.
  • Tire alignment.

For more detailed information on tire tread wear and causes, this article dives deeper into that.

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Buying tips from tire experts

Whether you’re getting EV special tires or regular tires for your EV, here are a few tips from EV experts in the industry:

  1. Make sure you have the right tire load rating.

You should get tires that have a high enough load rating to handle your EV.

The difference in load rating is in fact one of the reasons why some EV owners reported having covered more miles on their tires than others.

For example, we found that there were some Tesla Model 3 owners who had only covered less than 16,000 miles on regular tires but there are others who have gone for 50,000 miles and the tires still look like they can withstand more miles.

Another interesting finding was that some of these Tesla Model 3 owners who got about 50,000 miles on their tires reported having done very few tire rotations while most of those who did less than 16,000 miles were very keen on tire rotation.

Keep in mind, that tire rotation is important for tire upkeep. But the key takeaway here was that those who hit 50,000 had great tire load ratings compared to the others who did less than 16k miles.

Note:
Some shops are not keen on what tires they mount on your EV, therefore having the right information will ensure that you get exactly what you want. 

See also: 4 Best Tesla Model 3 Tires (According to Model 3 Owners).

  1. Get the right tire size.

Be sure to get the right tire size for your wheel/trim selection.

  1. Buy the right tire that will perfectly suit your needs.

For instance, if you need tires that perform well and improve your driving experience, depending on the weather, you should choose either all-season, winter, or summer tires.

You also need to choose between the longevity and the performance of the tires of your EV.

Based on feedback that we got from EV owners, those who prefer regular tires had to choose between safety and range when during the winter.

Most of those who had switched from the EV special tires to regular tires changed their tire preferences because they wanted to feel safer when driving during the winter.

Side Tip:
When you use the wrong class of tires on your EV, they will certainly wear out fast.

See also: List Of The Best All-Season Performance Tires.

Why EV experts recommend EV tires

  1. Since most EVs weigh much heavier than combustion cars, the EV tires account for the extra load.
  1. EVs have a much higher (instant) torque than regular cars. The EV special tires are made using highly durable materials that can support that.

Generally, EV experts recommend EV tires because of the amount of stress put on the tires by the car due to the weight of the battery and instant torque. 

EV tires undergo a stiffer construction process in order to handle the weight of the EV and lower the rolling resistance thereby reducing energy wastage.

A lower rolling resistance is also great for regenerative braking.

EV tires FAQs

The best tires for the range?

EV tires are the best if you want to get more range on your EV when compared to regular tires.

Do electric cars need special tires?

No, however, it depends on what you desire to get from the special EV tires.

Keep in mind that both regular and special EV tires have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages on EVs. Therefore, you can not give it a resounding yes or no answer.

Are EV tires expensive?

Yes, the special EV tires cost more compared to the regular tires.

Final word

It is possible to use both the regular and the EV tires and still get more miles on them. 

The number of miles you get on a tire will largely depend on;

  • The amount you are willing to pay for a good quality tire.
  • Whether the tire specifications match your type of EV.
  • Your driving habits.

As technology keeps evolving every other day, I strongly believe that the future of EV tires is promising.

In the future, the EV tires will no doubt outdo the regular tires by far and buyers will not have to be torn between getting regular tires VS. EV tires.

Hey, I’m Rose. I’m passionate about electric cars and clean energy. My adventurous spirit and journalistic pursuits make each day fascinating and far greater. I consider traveling not just about the grandeur moments, but the little elements that transform the whole experience.