According to the Bloomberg 2018 Electric Vehicle Outlook (EVO), sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing from a record 1.1 million worldwide in 2017, to 11 million in 2025 and then surging to 30 million in 2030 as they become cheaper to make than internal combustion engine (ICE) cars.

One important aspect of the EV ownership experience is the serene in car cabin experience. Without the loud exhaust of an internal combustion engine (ICE) road noise generated by the tires becomes more pronounced. Consequently, all major tyre manufacturers have developed a new genre of tyres dubbed “Noise Reduction Tyres.” These tyres were developed to enhance the quiet in car experience by adding a layer of sound “deadening” material attached to the tyre’s inner liner resulting in a cabin noise reduction of between 3db to 9db.

With the proliferation of EVs such as Tesla, misinformation about the repairability of these noise reduction tyres has infiltrated the marketplace through social media. One such Tesla owners enthusiast community video, which has over 7 million views, perpetuates the myth that these tires are un-repairable.

TECH, the global tyre & wheel authority, which pioneered proper and permanent tyre repair products and processes over 80 years ago, has developed a dedicated and documented repair process for these noise reduction tyres.

Like any other tyre, noise reduction tyres can be repaired although there are additional steps, which require removal and replacement of the sound-absorbing material. TECH’s R&D Group along with our Global Tyre Repair Technician Training Team have collaborated in the development of a repair process, which adheres to established proper industry guidelines for repair through such organisations as the Tire Industry Association (TIA).
Through TECH University, tyre technicians come from all over the world for classroom and hands on training including “Repair Manuals” that document the process. To learn more about TECH’s noise reduction tyre repair process, training manual or available courses, please send an e-mail to techeurope@trc4r.com.

TECH once again leads the way in developing products and processes for the next generation of tyres. To learn more about TECH’s complete line of tire and wheel solutions visit techeurope.com.