Bridgestone Introduces Specially Designed tyre for Electric Bus Applications

The Bridgestone R192E all-position radial tyre is specially designed for electric urban transit.

Bridgestone Introduces Specially Designed tyre for Electric Bus Applications
The tyre developed by Bridgestone is designed to lower resistance ensuring greater distances between charges

With a high load capacity and ultra-low rolling resistance, the Bridgestone R192E tyre equips buses for fuller and longer routes on a single charge, contributing to more sustainable mobility, and is compatible with all bus types.

President of commercial truck for Bridgestone Americas Chris Ripani says he understands the importance of making electric vehicles as efficient as possible.

"Electric buses will play a crucial role in eliminating city-centre emissions and traffic congestion, which is why we are proud to introduce the first Bridgestone commercial tyre developed for electric buses," Ripani said.

"The Bridgestone R192E is not only an innovative tyre solution, but a leading example of how Bridgestone is taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to a more sustainable world through its products, services and solutions."

Key features of the Bridgestone R192E tyre include:

  • multiple gripping edges, cross-rib sipes and wide grooves for solid grip on wet roads
  • a groove fence to aid handling and grip in wet conditions while reducing noise for a quieter ride
  • thick tread gauges and an advanced base tread compound for enhanced retreadability
  • all-steel casing and belts, a 21/32" tread depth and reinforced sidewalls to minimise tyre damage and promote a long original life
  • 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) designation for snow traction performance.
Whilst the new tyre will be rolled out in America, many operators will hope to see it launched in Australia

The push for more efficient and sustainable movement of people and goods is expected to continue to drive electrification among mass transit fleets, further accelerating electric bus adoption, says Bridgestone, with the market estimated to increase from 185,000 units in 2020 to nearly 680,000 units by 2026. 

When the Bridgestone R192E tyre is paired with Bandag retreads, it can contribute to the improvement of a fleet’s performance while maximising its positive environmental impact, it says. Retreading has been proven to help increase fuel efficiency, extend the life of a casing and optimise tyre performance, which can save fleets millions of dollars annually.


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