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Tyre Degradation a Major issue for EVs

Posted in General News on Monday, July 24th, 2023

A new report from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) show that electric vehicles (EVs) are 40% more likely to fail an MOT because of tyre failure compared to petrol cars. The IMI has put this down to the average EV being heavier than its petrol counterpart. The institute also stated that the extra torque produced by many EVs can also make the tyres degrade faster. The report also revealed that the overall MOT failure rates are higher for new EVs than they are for the petrol-powered counterparts. Department for Transport (DfT) data from 2015 to 2018 revealed that 46% of EV MOT failures caused by tyres. Over the same time period, only 32% of MOT failures could be attributed to tyres for petrol cars. Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, said: “Most electrics are electric versions of petrol and diesel, so they are relatively heavy, and it doesn’t really matter what you do with different tyre mixes, they are simply going to wear tyres more.” 

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