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Only 8% of drivers are aware of EV-specific tyres

Bridgestone makes tyres for EVs

Less than one in 10 UK motorists know the difference between standard tyres and EV tyres – and the money-saving benefits they offer.

The number of electric car owners on our roads stands at 477,000, but only a small percentage of them know the importance of fitting custom-made EV tyres to the wheels, according to Bridgestone’s YouGov commissioned research.

Of 2,000 motorists questioned,, 47% said they will be switching to an EV to save on high fuel costs, with 56% sold by the environmental benefits of driving an electric car.

However, the lack of knowledge on EV tyres could undermine any savings made with more trips for tyre replacements.

EVs are much heavier than conventional cars and the added weight is ultimately carried by the tyres. Without adaptation to compensate, non-EV tyres are much more likely to wear quicker and won’t last as long.

“What’s clear from our survey is that very few motorists are aware that there are tyres specifically designed for electric vehicles and even fewer know the benefits of them,” said Bridgestone’s North Region Vice President Andrea Manenti.

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