MTS will provide two state-of-the-art tyre testing systems to a global tyre manufacturer to help optimise designs for electric and fuel-efficient vehicles. The contract is valued at $7 million and is the company’s largest customer order in India, underscoring MTS’ continued focus to expand its presence in key global markets.
“Environmental sustainability initiatives are driving rapid changes across all industries, and MTS is committed to supporting the development of more energy-efficient products and solutions,” says Randy J. Martinez, MTS Interim President and CEO. “MTS is pleased to provide test systems that will help this customer meet new testing standards and tyre fuel-efficiency rating requirements. As the automotive industry sharpens its focus on fuel-efficiency, MTS’ innovative test systems and technologies will continue to help manufacturers accelerate electric vehicle development and improve the energy-efficiency of all vehicles.”
Optimising Tyres for Electric & High-Performance Vehicles
Battery weight makes electric vehicles heavier than internal combustion engine vehicles, and this extra weight puts more loading forces on the tyres. The MTS Flat-Trac CT Plus Tire Testing System will test a tyre’s performance up to its limits and can replicate the increased cornering loads and higher braking forces of electric vehicles. Unlike other tyre test systems, the CT Plus can provide the forces needed to accurately evaluate tyre performance for electric as well as conventional vehicles.
Improving Vehicle Fuel Efficiency
Due to an increased interest in developing fuel-efficient vehicles, the automotive industry is looking for ways to mitigate energy loss from tyres. For both gas-powered and electric vehicles, the optimal tyre design can significantly lower energy consumption and operating costs. Better tyres will also reduce battery wear and increase electric vehicle range. The MTS Tyre Rolling Resistance Measurement System will help this tire manufacturer minimise tyre rolling resistance to improve vehicle fuel economy.