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Hankook Tire unveils new tire for electric vehicles

All Headlines 12:08 August 27, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Yonhap) -- Hankook Tire Manufacturing Co., the world's seventh-largest tiremaker by sales, on Monday unveiled its second-generation tires designed for electric vehicles.

The South Korean company said it will start the sales of the Kinergy AS EV tires, which use low resistance rubbers made for EVs, starting in September. The tires produce less drag than conventional treads, which is important for fuel economy. The new tires also make minimal road noise.

The company added that it applied an aramid hybrid material for durability, claiming the new tires reduce wear to the treads.

The latest product makes use of various compounds such as vegetable oil and helps drivers' maintain control of the vehicle in adverse weather conditions. They are well suited to applying maximum breaks, the tiremaker said.

"An electric vehicle calls for a customized tire to deliver its best performance," a source at Hankook Tire said.

"The Kinergy AS EV is a product that not only boasts high fuel efficiency and durability but is capable of delivering comfortable, high-speed driving characteristics," the company added.

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