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Hankook presents e-Smart City AU56 for all-electric city buses

At The Tire Cologne, Hankook presented its new e-Smart City AU56, a tyre for bus companies and transport authorities that meets the special requirements of electric buses through low rolling resistance, high load capacity and excellent grip.

Thanks to cutting-edge technologies, it enables a higher range per battery charge while efficiently transferring the high torque to the road, according to Hankook. In addition to this the new tyre is optimised to give it a higher weight rating.

The e-Smart City AU56 will initially be available in the popular commercial vehicle size 275/70 R 22.5 and is suitable for all axle positions. The tyre carries both the M+S label and the snowflake symbol (3PMSF), which confirms its suitability for use in winter.

It also has a new pictogram in the form of an electric bus on the sidewall to explicitly identify it as an electric bus tyre.

Guy Heywood, vice president marketing strategy truck and bus at Hankook Tire Europe explains: “We’re very proud to present our first product developed specifically for all-electric city buses with the e-Smart City AU56.

“This tyre increases the efficiency of public transport and advances the transition to electromobility. Its low wear rate enables long-term use, thus reducing costs.

“High-strength materials and innovative design ensure durability even under extreme load conditions. Its structure also makes it ideal for regrooving and retreading, which contributes to reducing resource consumption.”