Tips On Buying The Best Tires (Tyres) For Your Electric Car

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While the majority of the U.S. still has above-average temperatures, we’re seeing lower-than-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, and that means snow is already falling on Mount Hood.

And so, as part of a slow return back to work following surgery, I thought it was time to give you some tips on buying tires (or tyres) for your electric car.

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  • Albemarle

    I agree with the need for winter tires if your temperatures are under 7°C or less, regardless of snow. Where we live, we have found the Michelin X-Ice or Nokian tires don’t handle the deep snow and slush we get very well. They get pushed around and slide too much. While I understand that we will undoubtedly give up range with these tires, that’s just the price we pay for living where we do. Extra range will do us little good if we are in the ditch because of poor tire choice. In Toronto, and warmer areas, the Michelin or Nokian work well.
    One issue I think worth making is moving down in wheel size. Around here, almost 100% of winter tires are mounted on their own rims, often steel uglys. They pay for themselves in a couple of years in the difference in installation price. If you are buying rims for your winter tires, a smaller size wheel can save you hundreds of dollars. The Bolt will fit 15″ wheels, which are much less expensive than 17″. But amazingly, the 15″ tire, even though it has the same circumference as the 17″ tire, and hence has a lot more rubber, is usually about $50 per tire less! No idea why, but there you go. So we are getting Blizzak WS80 205/65R15 tires that are within 1 revolution per km of the OEM tires for hundreds less that if we stuck with 17″.