Yokohama Rubber introduces "E+", a proprietary mark to be applied to its tires with qualities needed by electrified vehicles

The “E+” mark will help customers with a better tire selection process for electrified vehicles.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 14 Jul 2023 Views icon11039 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Yokohama Rubber has revealed its plans to introduce a new exclusive "E+" symbol on its electric vehicle (EV) tires, starting in the latter half of 2023. The new “E+” mark is the latest facet of Yokohama Rubber’s response to the rising demand in recent years for tires most suitable for use on electrified vehicles.

Tires utilised on electrified vehicles must fulfil specific requirements to cater to the unique demands of such vehicles. These include the ability to endure increased loads resulting from heavy electric batteries and the high torque output of electric motors. Additionally, these tires should possess a quiet characteristic that complements the silent operation of the vehicle's engine. Moreover, they should contribute to the efficient utilisation of electricity and other energy sources, thereby enhancing the driving range of the vehicle.

Yokohama Rubber already is supplying its tires as original equipment (OE) for a number of electrified vehicles, including such premium cars as BMW iX3, Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+, and Lexus RZ, crossover SUVs from Toyota Motor (the bZ4X) and Subaru (the SOLTERRA), and mini-vehicles such as the Nissan Sakura and Mitsubishi Motors’ eK X EV.

Yokohama Rubber also is accelerating its development of replacement market tires for electrified vehicles by applying various technologies cultivated through its development of OE tires. In addition to displaying this new “E+” mark on the sidewall of YOKOHAMA tires that incorporate these technologies to meet the special needs of electrified vehicles, the “E+” mark will be prominently displayed in tire catalogs and websites so that customers will be able to understand that a tire is suitable for use on electrified vehicles and facilitate their tire selection. The first YOKOHAMA tire to bear the “E+” mark will be the new ADVAN Sport EV, an ultra-high performance summer tire for EVs that the company plans to launch in Europe and other markets from autumn 2023.

Under Yokohama Rubber’s three-year (2021–2023) medium-term management plan, Yokohama Transformation 2023 (YX2023), the consumer tire business aims to maximise the sales ratios of high-value-added YOKOHAMA tires, namely the global flagship ADVAN brand, the GEOLANDAR brand of tires for SUVs and pickup trucks, and various winter tires.

In addition to strengthening its marketing of tires to be used as OE on EVs, which require tires made using the most advanced technologies, Yokohama Rubber is utilising the feedback received from EV makers in its development of replacement tires as it seeks to expand its product lineup and improve the performance of all its tires to meet new requirements in this era of dynamic change.

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