Bridgestone’s is supplying Turanza Eco tyres to Volkswagen for the company’s ID.3 electric car.
The tyres incorporate Bridgestone’s Enliten Technology, which the company says enables tyres to have a super low rolling resistance while requiring less materials to be created.
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 would help with the ID.3’s battery power operating range. Bridgestone created a custom developed Turanza tyre with Enliten Technology in response to VW’s requirement.
The company says that Enliten Technology tyres demonstrate a rolling resistance that is up to 30 per cent lower than a standard premium summer tyre and enables further fuel/battery conservation by being reduced in weight by up to 20 per cent from equivalent standard premium summer tyres (comparing Bridgestone premium summer tyres with and without Enliten Technology in the same tyre size (92Y 225/40R18 XL).
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.
Bridgestone further claims that the unique materials used to create Enliten Technology, together with a new mixing process has enhanced the technology’s compound wear performance without compromising on grip.
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.