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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Tire efficiency Reply To: Tire efficiency

Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Tire efficiency Reply To: Tire efficiency

  • John Malcom

    Member
    October 10, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    There is another thread on the forum that addresses this in more detail. The jury is still out on the Michelin airless tires. Some tech data I have read has been negative citing excessive heat generation, resistance to roll, not certified for high speeds, and damages to the wheel (The tires comes integrated with a wheel of a composite material. You buy the wheel and tire as an integrated unit) Other reports say it is coming along but probably a “Few” years from being viable.

    I attended an Electrify America EV event last weekend where a GM rep was there with a Bolt that had the Michelin tires. (GM is in partnership with Michelin) He claimed they are ready for prime time and offered a ride in the vehicle. The ride seemed rough to me compared to a regular tire.

    Personally, I will forgo them and go with the tires furnished with the Aptera I get as I believe they are best matched with the engineering of the car and are a component of the integrated engineering design.