2 Reasons Why Electric Cars Burn Tires Faster Than Gasoline Vehicles

Electric vehicles will be the future of personal transportation, and while electric vehicles solve many problems associated with regular cars, electric vehicles also have their own problems. The most obvious example is range anxiety, which is steadily improving, but EVs also have a problem with their tires, which will require owners to get a special type of tire for their EV. It all comes down to the fact that electric vehicles burn their tires faster than gas-powered vehicles, and here’s a look at two reasons why that happens.

1. Electric vehicles are currently much heavier than their gas-powered counterparts

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<p>According to Clean Fleet Report, one of the main reasons EVs burn their tires faster than ICE cars is weight.  Currently, the average electric vehicle will be heavier than a similar gasoline-powered car, and this trend applies to all segments.  A Tesla Model 3, for example, will be heavier than most other compact cars.  It’s the same story for electric SUVs like the Kia EV6 and electric trucks like the Ford F-150 Lightning.</p>
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The weight difference can vary, but it’s usually a lot. For example, the F-150 Lightning weighs 1,600 pounds more than the regular F-150. It all depends on the battery. One area where gas has the advantage over EVs is in energy density, which means you need less gas to get the same amount of power as a battery.

Therefore, automakers who want to add more range to their electric vehicle will need to increase the battery size. This, in turn, adds more weight to the car as a whole. This extra weight forces the tires to work harder on the road, causing those tires to wear out faster.

2. Electric vehicles get instant torque, and it’s a double-edged sword

A tire from electric vehicle maker Rivian | Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One of the benefits of EVs is that even weak, cheap EVs tend to get respectable, if not excellent, acceleration times. That’s thanks to the fact that, as Clean Fleet Report wrote, electric motors tend to generate more torque, and that torque tends to be delivered instantly. As a result, the inexpensive Chevy Bolt can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.

The problem with this, however, is that when a driver puts their foot down, the motors immediately put a lot of pressure on the EV’s tires. This large amount of pressure creates a lot of friction, which in turn creates a lot of wear. That being said, these problems should not prevent drivers from owning an electric vehicle, as they are solvable problems.

Getting the right tires solves these problems, so it’s not a big deal

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<p>While these issues affect EVs, there are already special EV tires that will help make things better.  For example, EV tires are designed to handle instantaneous torque from electric motors better than regular tires.  These special tires for electric vehicles are also more durable overall, but they generally cost more.  Another benefit of these special tires is that they generally reduce the level of noise that drivers and passengers hear inside the cabin.</p>
<p>On top of that, automakers are aware of the weight of electric vehicles, and many scientists and engineers are trying to make lighter batteries that will still have plenty of range.  Plus, the fact that EVs generally require less maintenance in almost every other area means that, overall, EVs are still better than regular gas-powered cars.</p>
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