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By TT News| Aug 04, 2021

Bridgestone Selected As Exclusive Tyre Partner For Fisker Ocean All-Electric SUV

Bridgestone has partnered with Fisker, an electric vehicle manufacturer, to provide OE fitment tyres to the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV. The EV will go into production in 2022 and will come equipped with Bridgestone's Potenza Sport tyres.

The company will be equipping the car with custom-developed tyres for vehicles sold in Europe and select vehicles sold in North America. The performance tyre has been developed using the company's ENLITEN technology, which reduces rolling resistance by up to 30 percent and its weight by up to 20 percent.

The tyre has been developed using Bridgestone's Virtual Tyre Development technology, which makes tyre development more sustainable, efficient, accurate and flexible. It reduces raw material consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 60 percent and will reduce speed to market by up to 50 percent. It will be available in 255/50 R20 and 255/45 R22 size options. The 22-inch tyre will be tuned to create a sportier handling balance for the performance versions of the Ocean. The company will also supply custom-designed Alenza Sport all season tyres for the car in North America.

Laurent Dartoux, President and CEO, Bridgestone EMIA, said, "At Bridgestone, we see EVs as a huge opportunity to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and make mobility more environmentally sustainable. But there are still many barriers to overcome before a fully electric future can be realised, and Fisker – like Bridgestone – is working to break those barriers down. Not only making EVs more accessible, Fisker is built from the ground up with a strong sustainability agenda that we wholeheartedly support. It’s brilliant to unite our shared ambitions and work together to achieve them.”

Prototype testing of the Fisker Ocean will start during Q4 2021, and the car is set to enter the US market at a starting recommended price of USD 37,499 (excluding EV-related subsidies) and below EUR 32,000 in Germany (including taxes and EV-related subsidies). (TT)

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