Continental Offers Tires Designed For Electrics And Hybrids


Conti eContact

The whole point of an electric or hybrid automobile is to be as efficient as possible. Riding on tires that have low rolling resistance is an important part of reaching that goal.

Continental now offers its Conti eContact tires in sizes to fit 17″ and 18″ wheels for cars like the BMW Active Hybid 5, Lexus LS 600h and Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid. The company says its tires reduce rolling resistance by 20%s compared to other brands without sacrificing cornering capability, wet weather performance  or braking ability. They say these tires also create less road noise – a big plus for cars designed to operate mostly or solely on electric power.

According to the company, the secret is to reduce rolling resistance in steady state driving while providing good traction during cornering, acceleration and braking. Done properly, low rolling resistance tires boost fuel economy and range without compromising safety in any way. The improvements to the Conti cContact tires are the result of exhaustive testing of new compounds and advanced manufacturing techniques.

Conti eContact tires should be available at tire dealers soon.

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  • Turbofroggy

    If you got to Continental’s website, they have a video clearly showing a Tesla Model S. However, their tires only go up to 16″ rims according to their site and 18″ rims according to this site. The smallest rim you can put on a Model S is 19″ so none of these tires will even fit a Model S.

  • UncleB

    Anybody remember the higher pressure tires on the Dodge Omni /Plymouth Horizons?

  • MaxHedrm

    “BMW Active Hybrid 5” not Hybid.

    “…reduce rolling resistance by 20%s compared…” – lose the s after the %

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for the tires though, my TDI is going to need new ones soon.