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  • #1595

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    On a fossil fuel car the choice of wheels and tyres is mostly about aesthetics, except for sports cars where grip, handling and performance at speed b
    [See the full post at: Wheels, Tyres and Range]

    – this is a page on the Zoe Description menu.

    #1596

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    There’s an interesting discussion on this topic over on InsideEVs:

    Renault And Michelin Create (Maybe) The Perfect Electric Vehicle Tire

    #9385

    Indi
    Participant

    I’m going for 17″on my new Zoe for aesthetics but also I read in a review:-

    “Things fall apart in the bends, however. While the supple suspension is up for some fun, the light and elastic steering definitely isn’t, and the eco-biased Michelin Energy E-V tyres can’t summon much cornering grip before wailing and sliding into understeer. Upgrading to optional 17-inch alloys will bring grippier Primacy 3 rubber but will cut the car’s already limited range by 10 per cent.”

    Full review if you wish to read:-http://recombu.com/cars/reviews/renault-zoe-review

    #9393

    taminatortom
    Participant

    Upgrading to optional 17-inch alloys will bring grippier Primacy 3 rubber but will cut the car’s already limited range by 10 per cent.”

    Well today I did my usual 72 mile commute (mainly 60/70 mph roads) and had 29 miles left, and I have the 17″ tyres. I just can’t see them making that much difference to the range

    #9396

    Indi
    Participant

    That’s really good to know Taminatortom! Thx

    #9407

    donald
    Participant

    One of the reasons that summer range is better than winter is that the rolling resistance behaviour of tyres in warmer weather drops. Because they all drop, the absolute differences look much smaller.

    Therefore, you can expect a much smaller difference between wide and narrower tyres in the summer, but that differential will grow in winter.

    #9412

    Buzzar
    Participant

    We have the very smart Tech Run 17″ alloys fitted to our Zoe and regularly achieve 100 miles + per charge
    so I would say that the stated 10% reduction in range is not true 😉

    #9413

    Indi
    Participant

    Buzzar – how much more firm do you feel the ride in a zoe is compared to 16″ tyre if you know?

    #9414

    Indi
    Participant

    Sorry…same question to Taminatortom.

    #9415

    jit187
    Participant

    my zoe is fitted with the 17″ alloys. honestly comparing it to the 16″ the ride is slightly more ‘bumpy’ & firm but not by much. range – well its hard to notice as i only drove the test zoe on 16″ alloys for 48 hours, but yes there is defo a difference of 5-10 miles max.

    the only thing i can say is that the 17″ tyres are more likely to burst. i’ve had 2 flats (during 11 months covering 15K) which is more than any of my previous ICE cars. one tyre was a complete write off due to a pothole which literally burst the side wall and it cost me £140 to replace. so just keep that in mind if upgrading to 17″ that in the long run replacements will cost more. but the 17″ do look much, MUCH better!

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