Michelin X-Incity Energy Z tyre for e-buses

Michelin has launched the X-Incity Energy Z tyre, which it says is the first at size 275/70 R22.5 with a steer axle load of 8,000kg.

The tyre can be fitted to either the drive axle or the steer axle. Its carcass has been strengthened with cables.

Additionally, the specific design of its tread and sidewall is optimised to meet the demands of city traffic, reducing noise and rolling resistance.

Michelin adds that the X-Incity Energy Z will endure abrasion and pavement shocks. It is also retreadable.

The tyre also comes with 3PMSF labelling. Michelin further says that the use of its Regenion technology will ensure that grip performance throughout the tyre’s lifespan is consistent.

Explains Product Category Manager Urban and Long Distance Transport Tyre Jean-Matthieu Bodin: “This innovation will open new perspectives for electric bus developers.

“Thanks to this tyre, several constraints will disappear. That will allow for a more sustainable urban mobility. Electric buses will have the same capacity as diesel examples.

“An additional axle load of 500kg means more battery autonomy, and buses not having to reduce the number of passengers they carry.”