Hyundai Motor Group and Michelin agreed to collaborate on tire research and development for the next generation of premium electric vehicles. The duration of the agreement to develop electric vehicle tires lasts for three years.
The agreement between Hyundai and the French tire manufacturer includes research and development of environmentally friendly tires, one of which is to increase the use of sustainable materials.
The tires developed will be used for Hyundai Motor Group’s premium electric vehicles. The South Korean car manufacturer considers researching new tire technology very important because these components must meet durability and performance requirements.
“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 Bong-soo Kim, Vice President and Head of Chassis Development Center at Hyundai Motor Group.
Hyundai and Michelin first cooperated in 2017. Including the development of the exclusive Ioniq 5 tire with research and technology exchange.
The focus of this collaboration is the manufacture of sustainable tires for electric vehicles. The two companies will also develop a real-time tire monitoring system which will be a disadvantage for autonomous driving systems.
Hyundai and Michelin also have plans to conduct joint research to analyze tire wear, tire load and asphalt friction beyond current tire temperature and air pressure standards.
The newly developed tires are expected to provide driving comfort by reducing vibration and noise generated by electric vehicles at high speeds.
In terms of development and manufacture, the two companies will work to increase the use of environmentally friendly materials to around 50 percent. As is known, currently the use of environmentally friendly materials for the manufacture of new tires is about 20 percent.