|Hankook Tire's Technodome in Daejeon / Courtesy of Hankook Tire|
By Kim Jae-heun
Hankook Tire has been winning consecutive orders in recent months to supply tires for electric vehicles (EVs) manufactured by global automakers, emerging as a leader in the rapidly-growing market. Customers include Hyundai Motor, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and Tesla.
The tire manufacturer recently signed a contract with Hyundai Motor to supply 37,400 tires for the new Ioniq 6 model, which is the largest number ever for Hankook Tire.
Last month, Hankook Tire won a bid to supply its "Ventus S1 evo3 ev" tires for Audi's first compact electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) series, "Q4 e-Tron" and "Q4 e-Tron Sportback." In April of this year, Hankook Tire also won a contract to supply tires for BMW's first pure electric car, "Gran Coupe i4."
|Porsche's pure electric car fitted with Hankook Tire's product / Courtesy of Hankook Tire|
Porsche also chose Hankook Tire as its global tire supplier. The luxury carmaker's first all-EV Taycan has been fitted with the Ventus S1 evo3 ev model since 2020. It is a notable accomplishment considering that Porsche is known for using only top-quality auto parts.
Volkswagen's EVs, such as the "ID.4," "ID.4 GTX" and "ID.3" also use Hankook Tire's products. ID.4 is Volkswagen's first pure electric car and the German automaker selected Hankook Tire to supply tires that match its strict standards.
The world's biggest electric car brand, Tesla, is using Hankook Tire products for its "Model Y" and "Model 3."
"We have successfully won contracts with global carmakers to supply our products specially produced for electric cars. Compared to normal tires, electric vehicle tires have their own characteristics, such as low rotation resistance, low noise, high load support, fast responsiveness and high torque response. We are also focusing on improving driving the performance of electric cars using our tires as more carmakers introduce high-performance EV models," a Hankook Tire official said.