Continental unveils energy-efficient concept and production tires

Futurride
2 min readSep 21, 2023

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Aimed at both ICE and electric vehicles, the Conti CityPlus concept reduces energy consumption by up to 10% and extends EV range by up to 3%, and its UltraContact NXT is said to be the most sustainable series tire ever with up to 65% renewable, recycled, and ISCC PLUS mass balance certified materials.
Almost every vehicle component imaginable can play a critical role in the constant battle to reduce CO2 emissions from ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles and improve the range of EVs (electric vehicles). Tires are one such component and can greatly impact a vehicle’s energy efficiency. As a result, tire producers are developing new, efficient, and sustainable tires as quickly as automakers can introduce new vehicles.

At IAA Mobility in Munich earlier this month, Continental Tires unveiled its newest tire concept, the Conti CityPlus, designed to improve energy efficiency for ICE vehicles and EVs. The German company claims that it reduces tire energy consumption by up to 10% and improves EV range by up to 3%. This corresponds to savings of 0.6 kW·h per 100 km for EVs.

It also presented what it says is the most sustainable series tire ever seen in the industry called the UltraContact NXT. With up to 65% renewable, recycled, and ISCC PLUS mass balance certified materials, the company claims that it has the highest share of sustainable materials ever in a production tire.

“We have set ourselves ambitious sustainability goals,” said Klaus Kreipe, who heads Continental Tires’ original equipment business i
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