Our new data shows electric company car tyres are bigger and more expensive than ICE

Our new real world data shows that, on average, electric company car tyres are both bigger and more expensive than petrol or diesel equivalents.

The average replacement tyre fitted to an electric vehicle (EV) is 18.59 inches and costs £207, whereas, for internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, the figures are 17.40 inches and £130.

The data is from our 1link Service Network platform, which is used to manage service, maintenance and repair (SMR) for over four million company vehicles.

Our Growth Director, Charlie Brooks, said “These figures need to be approached with some caution because of the samples involved. Most EVs operated by fleets tend to be at least the size of a family hatchback with comparatively few smaller vehicles yet available, so the electric cars on our platform tend to skew towards larger models.

“However, even bearing that in mind, the data does suggest that EV tyres are currently more expensive than ICE tyres in operational terms both because of their bigger size and the fact that many specialist electric car tyres simply have higher price tags. The price differential indicated is relatively wide.”

Charlie also added that we have limited data so far on EV tyre wear and replacement but hope to create meaningful comparisons with ICE vehicles soon.

“Compared to petrol and diesel cars, there are relatively few EVs that have been on fleets for a complete 3-4 year cycle, so we don’t have a comprehensive picture of tyre replacement. This is quite a complex area, with specialist EV tyres often having characteristics such as different compounds, reduced tread depth and reinforced sidewalls, all of which could ultimately have an impact on wear rates and damage.

“As the picture becomes clearer over time, we plan to release more information. Building a complete picture of how EV and ICE running costs compare is very much an ongoing process for us at this moment in time.”

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