Tyre manufacturer TVS Eurogrip, earlier known as TVS Tyres under the Srichakra badge, is focusing on both the OEMs and aftermarket segments with its range of electric motorcycle and scooter tyres.
While few of the Indian OEMs currently use the TVS Eurogrip tyres for their electric scooters, the number is expected to grow in coming years in both OEM and aftermarket segment, as most major OEMs plan electric vehicles to be introduced in the market.
At present, Hero Electric scooters and the TVS iQube use the TVS Eurogrip tyres. Besides that, the company sells 10-18 inch electric two-wheeler tyres in the aftermarket. TVS Eurogrip is also developing tyres for mini-adventure tourers like Himalayan and Xpulse, not in the EV space though, though both Royal Enfield and Hero Motocorp have confirmed electric motorcycles.
According to an ExpressDrives (FinancialExpress.com) report, which quoted Sivaramakrishnan V, CTO of TVS Srichakra Ltd, the company has been working closely with manufacturers to produce tyres for electric two-wheelers. He said that the company makes EV tyres using latest generation functionalized Polymers with Silica mixing and this compound formulation can enhance the grip of the tyres.
These tyres are also claimed to have been designed for optimum mileage and efficient energy consumption.
TVS Eurogrip currently has three R&D centres – Madurai, Rudrapur and Milan, which are working on the development of the EV tyres.
Besides TVS Eurogrip, MRF is producing tyres for new generation electric vehicles in India. The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter runs on 12-inch wheels that are wrapped in MRF Zapper-K tyres while the Tata Nexon EV uses 16-inch MRF Wanderer Street. Another tyre major Goodyear, which majorly caters the passenger vehicle segment, is also working on electric vehicle tyres. The company has been working closely with OEMs across the world and in India as well, it aims to introduce the EV tyres when the need arises from the auto manufacturers.