Hyundai and Michelin ink new tyre deal

Hyundai Motor Group today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Michelin to develop new tires optimized for premium electric vehicles (EVs).

The signing ceremony took place at the group’s Namyang Research Center, attended by Bong-soo Kim, vice president and head of the chassis development center, and Georges Levy, executive vice president of original car equipment at Michelin.

The new MoU follows the successful completion of the first collaboration between the two parties.

“This partnership with Michelin will result in real innovations in tire technology, solidifying Hyundai Motor Group’s position as a leader in the smart mobility industry,” said Kim. “By leveraging our mobility technology and Michelin’s tire expertise, we are confident in our ability to deliver breakthrough innovations in improving tire performance and create synergies in this organic partnership.”

The agreement follows on from the first five-year partnership signed in November 2017 to jointly develop an exclusive tire for the Ioniq 5 and to conduct experiments and analytical methods related to tires and technology exchange.

Over the next three years, the group and Michelin will jointly develop environmentally friendly tires with increased use of environmentally friendly materials; tires optimized for new EVs and a real-time tire monitoring system that will advance autonomous driving technology.

New tires resulting from the collaboration will find their way into future premium EV models. This new tire technology is critical to meeting durability requirements, driving performance and electrical efficiency under high load conditions as the range of EVs continues to expand.

The pair also plan to conduct joint research to analyze tire wear, load and on-road friction beyond current standards for tire temperature and air pressure. The new tires are also expected to significantly improve driver comfort by reducing the vibration and noise generated by EVs at high speeds.

They will also explore ways to increase the use of environmentally friendly materials in tires to about half of the total tire weight from currently one-fifth.

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