Continental has announced the launch of AllSeasonContact tires, in different dimensions, for the first time with a rolling resistance class A rating, the best possible rating for the EU tire label. Furthermore, four out of the five tire sizes bear an XL identifier, which means they can carry heavier loads. This combination makes the tire the ideal retrofit option for electric vehicles (EVs), as it can carry the higher average weight and extend the range of the electric cars.
Continental is initially presenting the AllSeasonContact tire with rolling resistance class A in five sizes that can be used to retrofit popular electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Kona Electro, Kia e-Niro, Peugeot e-2008 and Opel Mokka-e for year-round use. For this version of the AllSeasonContact, the developers were able to reduce the amount of material and further optimize the rolling resistance of the rubber compound. These measures reduce tire deformation in the contact patch. As a result, the AllSeasonContact loses less energy to the road – the main cause of rolling resistance.
“We’re convinced that there is no one-tire-fits-all solution for all-electric vehicles. Instead, we have been working for over a decade on developing our existing portfolio so that it meets the requirements of all electric vehicles and at the same time can sustainably reduce emissions from combustion vehicles as well,” says Andreas Schlenke, tire developer at Continental. “We’re proud to be one of the first tire manufacturers to successfully optimize the rolling resistance of an all-season tire significantly without any loss of safety.” Most of the AllSeasonContact portfolio already has the very good rolling resistance B rating.
Efficient tires make mobility more sustainable and more cost-effective
Low rolling resistance also has positive effects for combustion vehicles. It reduces CO2 emissions and consumption, which cuts fuel costs. At the same time, fleet operators can save on expenses for tire replacement and storage by using all-season tires.
Accordingly, Continental’s first three sizes also cover popular fleet vehicles. For example, the AllSeasonContact with particularly low rolling resistance is now also available in sizes for the VW Passat (Elegance, GTE) and the Skoda Superb (STYLE, Premium Edition).
Original equipment approvals for VW and Jeep
Continental has already received approvals for the AllSeasonContact with rolling resistance A for the VW Transporter and Caddy as well as Jeep Compass. For all models, the tire can also be retrofitted via dealers.
The AllSeasonContact combines elements of Continental’s Premium summer and winter tires. In the all-season tire test conducted by AutoBild (of September 24, 2020), the tire was rated ‘exemplary’ for its all-round capabilities and good price-performance ratio. Overall, the all-season tire is available in 142 versions, with widths between 155 and 275 millimetres, cross sections between 70 and 35 percent, and rims with diameters of 14 to 20 inches. Continental recommends an expert inspection of all-season tires at least once a year for possible damage and wear.