In the past decade, electrified cars have begun to get more and more popular. Going for this option meant that tire manufacturers had to follow the trend, leading to tire options that aren’t the same as the ones we used to have.
Owning an EV means that there are a few aspects that you need to keep in mind, especially when it comes to tires. For this segment, the tires you choose should have two essential features – low rolling resistance and noise levels.
You can probably see where this is going. Today, I’ll outline my picks for the best EV tires you can get. The list will include tires that will be quiet, have low rolling resistance, or be a combination of both. When driving an EV, the lack of an internal combustion engine means no noise, so you’d want to minimize the one from the tires. As for the rolling resistance, the lesser the resistance, the more miles you’d get from a single charge.
Let’s look at my top 10 picks for EVs.
#1. Michelin Energy Saver A/S
The list starts with a tire advertised as one with lower rolling resistance. Michelin offers the Energy Saver A/S aims to deliver dependable performance while improving MPG, or in this case, increasing the range of a single charge.
Most EV drivers will be perfectly happy driving on dry roads with the Energy Saver A/S. The tire’s grip and traction levels are very high, keeping it planted and stable in most conditions. With instant torque, you can get it to slip, but you’ll need to be aggressive, meaning the tire will be fine in normal situations. As a premium touring model, you also get very short braking distances, so the safety isn’t compromised. The handling characteristics are good enough for most drivers, delivering decent responsiveness. You may have some fun with it, but don’t expect miracles.
In wet conditions, the Energy Saver A/S continues to deliver on its promises. The tread design, which incorporates sipes, offers high levels of traction on damp roads, keeping the slip to a minimum. It’s a similar story in the corners, and the tire will remain on the road unless you push it hard, at which point you’ll get understeer. Like in dry conditions, this tire has very short braking distances in wet, meaning you won’t have to worry about that. The aquaplaning resistance is one side of the tire that falls a bit behind its rivals. It’s pretty good in a straight line, but the lateral one isn’t the best. The tire is stable and safe, but not the best.
All-season models are designed with some winter performance in mind, but the Energy Saver A/S isn’t the best in its class. In lighter conditions on unpacked snow, the tire does a solid job of delivering decent traction. Things take a slight turn for the worse on packed snow, but it’s still usable. This tire won’t be able to handle harsher conditions like deep snow or ice.
One of the main features of a touring tire is the refinement, and the Energy Saver A/S is excellent, but not in all aspects. Even though the comfort levels aren’t the best in class, they are still excellent. The tire absorbs the bumps and smooths the minor imperfections. It does this without transferring the vibrations in the cabin. The noise levels, on the other hand, aren’t all that impressive. It’s a quiet tire around town with a faint hum on the highway. The biggest issue is rough surfaces, at which point the noise levels increase noticeably.
The warranty is an aspect where the Energy Saver A/S does well. Michelin offers the tire with up to a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is similar to the rest of the pack.
- Low rolling resistance
- Braking distances are short
- Dry and wet performance is excellent
- Cornering aquaplaning resistance is a bit behind its rivals
- Average snow performance
#2. Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max
If you’ve read my full review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max, you’ll know I wasn’t impressed with the performance. Despite that, the tire is designed with low rolling resistance in mind, so I include it in this list.
In normal driving conditions, the performance you’ll get from the Assurance Fuel Max is very good. The grip and traction levels aren’t the highest in the class but will satisfy the needs of most drivers. You’ll get short braking distances, and the tire will handle getting pushed a bit before it starts to let go of the road. Most average drivers will be fine, but enthusiasts will want more. Another aspect that may not sit well with some is the handling. Responsiveness and feedback aren’t something this tire can brag about, as there are better options than this.
Wet is where the tire disappoints the most. The Assurance Fuel Max is safe enough for everyday driving, so many owners may not even notice this. It doesn’t offer the highest traction levels in the class, so getting a bit aggressive when accelerating will result in slip. It’s a similar story around a corner, meaning that if you push it hard, it will understeer. You also shouldn’t expect the shortest braking distances in this class. They are short enough, but not the best. On the other hand, the aquaplaning resistance is excellent, and the tire remains stable even at higher speeds.
The weakest point of the Assurance Fuel Max is the snow performance. Even in lighter conditions, the tire will struggle a bit more than I’d like. The traction and grip levels are acceptable enough, but I wouldn’t rely too much on it. One area I can praise is the braking distances. They may not be the shortest in this class, but they are short enough to be considered safe.
Like the previous tire, the Assurance Fuel Max has a dual personality in the refinement department. The comfort levels are excellent, as the tire irons out road imperfections with ease. It won’t feel bouncy like some of its rivals and settles nicely after hitting a pothole. The noise levels aren’t impressive, and EV owners will hear a bit more of the tire than they’d like. It’s fine around town but can get noisy on the highway.
The warranty is identical to the Michelin model. You’ll get the Assurance Fuel Max with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which isn’t the longest in the class, but it’s close enough.
- Plenty of performance in dry conditions
- Excellent aquaplaning resistance
- Poor snow performance
- Average grip and traction levels on wet roads
#3. Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter
Going for a slightly more affordable option from the mid-range segment, I present to you the Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter. Like the previous tire, the performance isn’t the absolute best, but it’s designed to increase the range of your EV.
As a mid-range option, the Champion Fuel Fighter does a very good job of delivering performance in dry conditions. There are more than enough grip and traction levels to keep your car on the road with no issues. Sure, they aren’t as high as some premium models, but you can push it a bit without any slip. The tire has short braking distances compared with the rest of the lineup, so it’s a safe option. One area it doesn’t do exceptionally well is handling. While it is decently responsive, I’d like it to be sharper and provide more feedback.
Things aren’t as good in wet conditions as in the dry. The Champion Fuel Fighter is decent on damp roads, and the traction should be fine to minimize slip. It’s the same with the grip levels, which will keep the car in check around a corner unless you get too aggressive. The levels aren’t particularly high, so people with a heavy foot will notice the tire struggling a bit more. As for the aquaplaning resistance, the tire is solid enough if you’re not breaking the law. It’s stable at highway speeds, so you shouldn’t have massive issues.
The winter performance of the Champion Fuel Fighter is a bit limited, so don’t expect wonders. For the most part, the tire will be fine in lighter conditions if the snow is unpacked. Driving on packed snow isn’t as good, so you’ll need to be more careful. Anything harsher than this, and the tire will struggle a lot more to a point where it’s almost undrivable.
On a more positive note, we have the refinement levels. The Champion Fuel Fighter is a comfortable option that can compete with some premium rivals. It absorbs bumps while eliminating vibrations. Minor bumps also aren’t an issue, and you’ll get a smooth ride. The noise levels are impressive, and the tire is fairly quiet around town. There is a hum on the highway, but it’s not too intrusive.
As a mid-range model, the warranty of the Champion Fuel Fighter is at a premium level. With a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, it’s similar to some of the expensive options on this list.
- Superb dry performance
- Well refined
- Long treadwear warranty
- Not the best for harsh snow conditions
- Average wet performance
#4. Continental TrueContact Tour
As part of the premium touring segment, we have a tire from Continental that I’ve reviewed in the past. The TrueContact Tour delivers excellent performance and offers reduced rolling resistance.
Despite the premium tag, the TrueContact Tour is a tire that isn’t the best in dry conditions. The tire’s performance is excellent, and you’ll get high levels of grip and traction, but some of its rivals offer a bit more. Most drivers won’t notice this, but the ones that start to push it will find that the tire becomes restless near its limits. The handling is an area where it does well and is dynamic enough. One area where it falls back is the braking distances. They are shorter than most mid-range options, but several premium ones can outperform it.
Continental makes excellent wet performers, and it shows with the TrueContact Tour. The tire’s traction levels on damp roads are excellent, putting it near the top of its class. Going around a corner, even at higher speeds, won’t be a problem. Even in more aggressive scenarios, the tire will remain planted. This is backed by the very short braking distances, so safety won’t be an issue. It’s the same thing with the aquaplaning resistance, meaning that the tire remains planted even in pouring rain on the highway.
The winter performance of the TrueContact Tour is solid but not the best. You can get away with driving in lighter conditions like shallow snow, and you’d get short braking distances. On packed snow, the tire will slip a bit more but remain usable. While this sounds good, a few models in this category can offer a bit better performance.
Refinement is an area of the TrueContact Tour where it delivers excellent results. The comfort levels are among the best in this category, and the tire irons out imperfections with ease. When you hit a pothole, it will soften up the initial hit and eliminate the vibrations. The noise levels are on the lower end of the spectrum, so you won’t hear it too much around town or on the highway. My only slight complaint is that there is a noticeable thump when you hit a pothole.
The best thing about the TrueContact Tour is the warranty. Continental offers the tire with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is near the top of the touring segment.
- Superb wet performance
- Excellent refinement levels
- 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
- It falls a bit behind its rivals in dry conditions
- Snow performance isn’t the best in class
#5. Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus
The first Bridgestone tire I’ll discuss today is the Ecopia EP422 Plus. It was an upgrade over the regular EP422, offering the same efficient properties with improved performance.
In the touring segment, the Ecopia EP422 Plus is a tire that will deliver more than enough for normal driving. The grip and traction levels are among the best in class, offering a safe experience for most drivers. It also provides excellent stability and short braking distances. Considering the performance, you may be tempted to push it, which you may not like. The performance levels are high enough, and the tire will deal with that, but it won’t win any prizes on the track. It’s the same thing with the handling. I’d say it’s more than enough for most of the drivers, but enthusiasts won’t be happy.
The positive experience continues in wet conditions. With the Ecopia EP422 Plus, you’ll get some of the highest levels of grip and traction in this class. As a result, the tire will have no problems on damp roads, even if you get a bit aggressive. Going overboard will cause the tire to slip, but that’s not something that most people will do. You’ll also get very short braking distances, so the safety won’t be compromised. In harsh conditions, the tire’s grooves and channels do an excellent job of evacuating water. As a result, you’re getting superb aquaplaning resistance.
As an all-season tire, the Ecopia EP422 Plus does acceptably well in snow conditions. The tire is usable if the snow is shallow and unpacked, as it can bite in and deliver decent traction. It will struggle a bit more on packed snow, but you can still use it occasionally. Asking the tire to perform in harsher conditions is something you shouldn’t do. It’s not a dedicated winter tire, so it will disappoint.
If you’re looking for a well-refined tire, the Ecopia EP422 Plus is a safe bet. The comfort levels are excellent, and the construction does a marvelous job of softening up holes and road imperfections. It does that without feeling bouncy and will eliminate the vibrations in most cases. The noise levels are also among the lowest in this class. You’ll hear a hum at higher speeds, which is quieter than some of its premium rivals.
The warranty is another aspect of the Ecopia EP422 Plus that deserves high praise. Bridgestone offers the tire with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which isn’t the longest, but it’s near the top.
- Quiet and comfortable
- Superb dry performance
- Stable in wet conditions
- Snow performance is a bit behind some of its rivals
- Not the most dynamic handling
#6. Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack
While I’m talking about Bridgestone, I might as well mention my second choice from this manufacturer. The Turanza QuietTrack is, in my opinion, the quietest tire you can get, making it an excellent choice for an EV.
The Turanza QuietTrack isn’t only good in terms of refinement, and you’ll also get excellent dry performance. It delivers exceptional grip and traction levels, making it one of the best performers in its class. Even though it’s a touring option, there is some breathing room, and you can push it a bit. With short braking distances, the tire will also be safe, so no worries there. The handling is something that won’t wow enthusiasts. It’s responsive enough for most people, but don’t expect a lot of feedback.
Wet performance is another aspect of the Turanza QuietTrack, where you’ll get a lot. The tire has no issues holding on to the surface on damp roads. In normal driving conditions, the tire’s grip and traction levels will be more than enough to prevent any kind of slip. You can get a bit aggressive, but it won’t be too happy. Thanks to the tread design, the tire evacuates water with no issues, delivering excellent aquaplaning resistance. One area it falls a bit behind its rivals is the braking distances. They are short, but not as short as some of the premium competitors.
People get all-season tires for usable performance in winter, something the Turanza QuietTrack does well. The tire will be fine in lighter conditions and does a bit better on unpacked snow. It will struggle a bit more on a packed one, but it’s acceptable. As for the harsher conditions, it’s not a winter tire, so I’d recommend avoiding those conditions.
The Turanza QuietTrack is best known for its refinement. You’ll get high comfort levels as the tire smooths up the road imperfections and softens larger blows. The initial jolt is almost non-existent, and you won’t notice a lot of vibrations in the cabin. As for the noise levels, this is the quietest tire on the market. Around town or on the highway, you’ll barely hear it, especially on EVs with decent sound insulation.
Looking at the warranty, longevity shouldn’t be an issue. The Turanza QuietTrack comes with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is near the longest in the industry.
- Excellent refinement levels
- High grip and traction levels on dry and wet roads
- Decent responsiveness
- Feedback is a bit muted
- Some of its rivals have slightly shorter braking distances on damp roads
#7. Yokohama Avid Ascend GT
Another model from this segment that can deliver a quiet ride is the Yokohama Avid Ascend GT. This is one of the few tires offering excellent performance and high refinement levels.
In dry conditions, the Avid Ascend GT is a tire that can offer high levels of grip and traction. As a result, it will be more than enough for what average drivers need and will handle even some more powerful EVs without slipping too much. It’s not a performance tire, so you can get it to slip, something most owners won’t experience. The handling is also decently impressive, as the tire offers surprisingly decent responsiveness and remains easy to control at the limit.
Similar to dry conditions, the Avid Ascend GT will have no issues in wet as long as you’re not pushing it hard. On damp surfaces, the traction levels will prevent slip, and the tire will go around a corner with no issues thanks to the grip levels. It will let go at a certain point, but it does that progressively, and you will need to push it to see that happening. The tire also promotes safety, which we can see from the short braking distances. Stability in harsh conditions won’t be an issue as the aquaplaning resistance is excellent.
Like most tires from this category, the Avid Ascend GT is usable in winter. There are acceptable levels of traction over unpacked snow, and it’s not the worst choice in lighter conditions. It doesn’t do too well on packed snow, and it struggles a bit more than I’d like.
Refinement is what the Avid Ascend GT is all about. The comfort levels are superb, delivering a plush ride. It will smooth our smaller imperfections and absorb the larger bumps with ease. Large potholes are also not a problem, as the tire eliminates the initial jolt and the vibrations associated with it. The noise levels are very low, and the tire will remain quiet regardless of the surface you’re driving on. It’s almost as quiet as the Turanza QuietTrack.
As good as everything seems, the warranty isn’t the strongest side of the Avid Ascend GT. The tire comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is average for this segment.
- Almost as quiet as the Turanza QuietTrack
- Decently responsive
- Superb performance in dry and wet conditions
- Not as good as some of its rivals on packed snow
- Average warranty
#8. Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus
Moving away from sedans and hatchbacks, the next few models will cover EVs from the CUV and SUV segments. The first model is the Bridgestone Ecopia H/T 422 Plus, designed to deliver a quiet ride without compromising performance.
In this segment, the performance in dry conditions is pretty high. The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus delivers grip and traction levels to keep the tire from slipping in most situations. There are instances where it will slip if you get too aggressive, so it’s not a miracle worker. To be fair, most EV drivers won’t take it that far, meaning that it’s an excellent option for everyday driving. On the handling side, the tire is responsive enough for most drivers and will remain very stable.
The positive remarks continue in wet conditions. On damp surfaces, the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus offers plenty of traction to prevent slip when accelerating unless you put your foot down. You can go around a corner at normal or slightly higher speeds, and the tire will have no issues. The braking distances are short, and the tire remains controllable even at the limit. In heavy rain conditions, the aquaplaning resistance keeps the tire stable and planted even at highway speeds.
While the performance so far has been excellent, the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus isn’t my first choice for snowy conditions. The traction levels are average, and the tire struggles a bit more than I’d like, even on unpacked snow. Things don’t improve much on packed snow, and you’ll need to deal with the slightly longer braking distances.
One area where it does very well is refinement. The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus offers some of the highest comfort levels in its class. It absorbs major hits and softens the blow keeping the ride as smooth as possible. It’s a similar story with smaller bumps and road imperfections, which the tire deals with excellently. The noise levels are among the lowest, making it an excellent option for an electric CUV or SUV. There’s only a faint roar you’ll hear on rough roads.
The warranty is another area where the tire does well. You can get the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is more than some of its rivals in this class.
- Excellent dry and wet performance
- Braking distances are short
- Comfortable and quiet
- Average snow performance
- The responsiveness is slightly behind some of its rivals
#9. Michelin Premier LTX
We have a model from Michelin in the same category as the Bridgestone tire. The Premier LTX is a tire that does some things better than the previous one, but it doesn’t come without some drawbacks.
Driving on dry roads is something that the Premier LTX will have no problems with. The grip and traction levels are among the highest in this category, meaning there’s more than enough to play around with. It’s not a performance tire, but you can have some fun if you want to push it a bit. To be fair, most people want to get the most range, so I doubt many would try to do this. As for the handling, despite the touring badge, it’s not a dull tire. The responsiveness is pretty good, and you’ll get plenty of feedback.
The wet performance of the Premier LTX is something that won’t disappoint. There is plenty of traction on damp surfaces to prevent slip, and the tire will hold the line in a corner with no problems. Like on dry roads, the limits are high, so you can push it before it starts to let go. The best part is that the tire does this progressively, meaning it won’t surprise you. Also, the aquaplaning resistance is excellent. The result of this is a tire that will remain stable on the highway in heavy rain.
Winter performance of an all-season tire is usable but limited, and the same goes for the Premier LTX. The tire delivers usable performance in lighter conditions. On unpacked snow, the traction is decent as long as you don’t expect it to do wonders. It will struggle a bit more on packed snow, but if you’re careful, you should be fine.
The Premier LTX is all about refinement and does that as best as possible. On the comfort side of things, you have a tire that will offer a smooth ride. It irons out road imperfections and softens the larger potholes. The best part is that the initial jolt is almost non-existent, and you won’t notice any vibrations in the cabin. You’ll also have low noise levels, and the tire remains almost silent around town. There is a faint hum on the highway, but it remains unnoticeable.
As good as everything seems, the warranty is a weak point. The Premier LTX comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is behind the Bridgestone model.
- Surprisingly dynamic handling characteristics
- Quiet and comfortable
- The dry and wet performance is excellent
- The treadwear warranty is a bit behind its rivals
- Not the most affordable option on the market
#10. Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3
The last option on this list is a direct competitor of the previous two. Pirelli released the Scorpion AS Plus 3, which is a model capable of delivering premium performance while remaining quiet throughout the ride.
In dry conditions, the Scorpion AS Plus 3 offers exceptional performance, far more than you’d need on the road. The grip and traction levels will keep it planted and stick to the road in most cases. You can get it to slide as long as you are aggressive enough. This comes with braking distances that are among the shortest in this segment, making it a very safe option. The handling is very similar to the Michelin model. It has a responsive nature, offers a decent amount of feedback, and has a solidly dynamic nature.
The wet performance is very good, and the Scorpion AS Plus 3 is excellent for everyday driving. It has more than enough traction to prevent slip when accelerating, and there’s no understeer mid-corner, so most drivers will be happy with this. With that said, once you start to push it and reach the limits, the tire becomes a bit twitchy and a handful to handle, especially in the corners. The braking distances are pretty good, and I’d categorize them as short, but they aren’t the shortest I’ve seen.
Winter performance with the Scorpion AS Plus 3 is solid enough. The traction levels on unpacked snow are decent, and you’ll get some usable performance out of it. Driving on packed snow isn’t the same experience, as you’ll notice a bit more slip. It’s acceptable but a bit behind some of its competitors.
The refinement levels are excellent, and the Scorpion AS Plus 3 doesn’t disappoint. You’ll get a soft ride quality from a tire with no issues absorbing bumps and providing a plush experience. Even with larger potholes, you won’t feel the jolt or the vibrations. The noise levels are another reason I recommend this tire for an EV. In a worst-case scenario, there will be a slight growl on rougher roads, far from the worst I’ve heard.
As for the warranty, the Scorpion AS Plus 3 is among the best. You’ll get the tire with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty which is on the same level as the Bridgestone model.
- Plenty of performance for daily driving scenarios
- Solid responsiveness
- Excellent refinement
- Can get twitchy when you reach the limits on wet roads
- Snow performance is a bit behind some of its rivals