Hankook is to supply its tyres for over 1,100 buses from Barcelona’s urban bus transportation company, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, with the company’s SmartCity AU04+ in size 275/70R22.5 to be used.
Hankook says this model line was specially designed for urban transportation, and for battery-powered urban buses. As these vehicles are generally heavier than conventional buses due to their energy storage units, the tyre-models have an increased load index.
Hankook says the tread of the SmartCity AU04+ is suitable for all wintry conditions without restriction and sports the snowflake symbol (3PMSF). The new city bus tyre line-up is equally suitable for city buses with conventional drive.
“The agreement with one of Europe’s biggest urban transport companies makes us very proud; especially because it’s an agreement on the usage of our future-oriented technology,” said Han-Jun Kim, President of Hankook Tire Europe. “This will put the SmartCity AU04+, our first bus tyre line for electric-powered buses, on a large-scale level on the road. We look forward to expanding our fleet cooperations in Europe, being always on track with new mobility trends.”