Michelin launched marketing efforts behind its X Incity EV Z tire range on May 1. The X Incity EV Z tires are designed specifically for use on electric buses, but can be adapted for use on urban and suburban vehicles.
The tires have a load capacity of eight metric tons and incorporate a wear indicator on their side, which indicates when tire rotation needs to occur. Michelin says its Regenion technology means the X Incity EV Z range is built with a progressive tread design that delivers longitudinal and lateral grip. The tire is regroovable and retreadable and has been marked 3PMSF (three-peak mountain snowflake).
Michelin teamed with Proterra in 2019 to develop low rolling resistance tires for battery-electric buses, which were introduced to the North American transit industry at the 2019 American Public Transportation Association 2019 Mobility Conference.