The Yokohama Rubber Co. announced that it has begun supplying its RY01C tires to Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation for use as original equipment on its new model eCanter all-electric light-duty truck, which went on sale in Japan. The eCanter was first launched in 2017 as Japan’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck. Yokohama Rubber is said to be supplying 205/70R17.5 115/113N LT size RY01C tires for use as OE on the truck.
According to the recent press release, the RY01C is a standard rib tire for light trucks that was developed with an emphasis on wear resistance. The company notes that in addition to the low rolling resistance required by EVs and superior wear resistance demanded of light truck tires, the RY01C delivers excellent wet performance, thus providing the environmental, safety, and handling performance demanded of an OE tire for the new eCanter.
Yokohama is now applying its accumulated know-how in EV tires to advance the development of EV-compatible technologies for truck and bus tires. By providing EV tires for trucks and buses, Yokohama Rubber aims to meet diverse logistics needs and contribute to environmental management efforts of transportation companies.
Yokohama Rubber is utilizing the feedback received from EV makers in its development of replacement tires as it seeks to expand the product line-up and improve performance of all Yokohama tires to meet the requirements in this era of dynamic change.