SAN FRANCISCO—When the e-tron, Audi A.G.'s first fully electric sport utility vehicle, arrives in the U.S. next year, it will be rolling on Goodyear tires.
The Akron-based tire maker said Sept. 18 that it was selected to supply the e-tron with its Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV tires in SUV size 265/45R21.
The tires, Goodyear said, were engineered to the demands of the vehicle, including the extended mileage required by electric vehicles which operate at higher torque than a traditional combustion engine.
The advanced construction of the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV reduces treadwear, Goodyear said, adding that the tire is demonstates optimized braking and handling in all weather conditions and at higher speeds. The SUV-Optimized Construction Technology employed in the tire design also helps to improve cornering stiffness.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV features Active Braking Technology which can shorten stopping distances by nearly four feet on both wet and dry roads, the tire maker claims.
Noise reduction also was taken into consideration when designing the tire, Goodyear said, noting that its SoundComfort Technology can reduce the interior car noise by half, or up to 4 decibels.
Unveiled Sept. 18, the e-tron is among the first in a string of dedicated EVs from European auto makers that are taking aim at Tesla Inc. and other startups with Tesla-like ambitions.
When it arrives in U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of next year, the 2019 Audi e-tron will boast a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, standard all-wheel drive and a host of interconnected goodies to make owning Audi's first full-electric vehicle more enjoyable.
What the five-seat premium crossover also will have, though, is the same 0-to-60 time as a 2017 Audi A3 sedan (5.5 seconds) and the lowest top speed (124 mph) of any modern Audi except the 1984 Audi Coupe (116 mph). However, like all electric vehicles, the e-tron will boast almost immediate torque, boosting its sporty feel.