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A Nokian “A” rated winter tyre for the BMW i3

New tyres Published the 04/02/2015 by Peter

Nokian teams up with BMW to equip the BMW i3 with a tyre that can claim to be the first winter tyre with an “A” tyre label rating for energy efficiency.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 profile A new version of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, rated A for energy efficiency, designed exclusively for the BMW i3 - Copyright © : Nokian Tyres

For the BMW i3

In general, it is less appealing to use electric cars in severe cold since the ability of the battery to hold its charge is directly proportional to the temperature. Nonetheless, these cars can be driven in all conditions and have their own range of winter tyres. This is the case of the BMW i3, a 100% electric city car which as a result, is fitted with tyres with a unique construction: a generous rim but a very narrow tread.

 

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An “A” energy rating

Nokian presents a new version of the Hakkapeliitta, specially designed for the BMW i3. The Hakkapeliitta R2 has a 30 % lower rolling resistance than similar tyres it replaces, an important feature for vehicle autonomy. This rolling resistance is so low that the tyre has achieved an “A” tyre label rating for energy efficiency: a first for a winter tyre. As for tyre performance, this tyre is better in all possible road conditions.