Premium tyre maker Hankook is announced as main sponsor of the 2021 BBC Top Gear Global Electric Vehicle Awards which recognise the best EVs across 12 different award categories, including EV of the Year, Best Hatchback, SUV, Estate, and Hypercar. Hankook already has a close relationship with the ev market, with several leading vehicle manufacturers already equipping their electric and hybrid models with Hankook ev tyres as original equipment, such as the Porsche Taycan and more to follow soon.
Hankook is also the future tyre supplier and technology partner for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the start of the 2022/23 season, equipping the world’s first and only all-electric street racing Formula with its revolutionary tyres. Hankook will provide tyres for all teams in the FIA Formula E Championship – creating bespoke compounds designed for the upcoming ‘Gen3’ cars. With a tyre for both wet and dry conditions, and with Formula E’s environmental agenda in mind, these tyres will offer a very low rolling resistance to increase efficiency and will deliver a long-lasting performance thanks to the bio-sourced material and sustainable rubber the tyre will contain.
Hankook’s flagship ev tyre, the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev, has been specifically developed for the needs of electric vehicles. It features special compounds, cutting-edge construction methods and a unique tread pattern, all with battery-powered motoring in mind. The tread pattern not only delivers the ultra-high performances of its conventional counterpart, but also dissipates soundwaves caused by vibration, to provide a more comfortable ride, as rolling noise can often be perceived as louder in electric vehicles. The tread pattern is also optimised to reduce rolling resistance in order to preserve battery power, maximising the distance the vehicle is able to travel in one single charge.
Hankook has long been committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly business practices in connection with the assumption of social responsibility and has already firmly anchored this in its business objectives. The company was recently awarded the Platinum Award, the highest honour, of the renowned CSR rating agency EcoVadis. Furthermore, since 2016 the manufacturer has been listed continuously in the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World), being only one of three tyre makers currently listed.
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