BRIDGESTONE Group has announced that its Bridgestone-brand Ecopia EP150 tyres will be original equipment (OE) on the all-new 2014 Chevy Spark Electric Vehicle (EV).
The Chevy Spark EV enters the US market as one of the quickest EVs, delivering an output of 140 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Chevy Spark EV can take drivers an estimated 82 miles on a single charge, with a 119 combined mi/gallon equivalent (MPGe). Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP150 tyres, manufactured at Bridgestone’s ikone, Japan plant, and which were designed specially for the Spark EV fitment, complements its aggressive mileage.
“Driving an electric vehicle can be both fun and efficient- and the 2014 Chevy Spark demonstrates this exceptionally,” said Mike Martini, President, Original Equipment, US and Canada Consumer Tire Sales Division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We are delighted that GM turned to Bridgestone for this EV fitment. Our engineers in Japan spent two years designing the Ecopia EP150 tyres exclusively for the Spark EV. The result is a unique tyre that delivers exceptional low rolling resistance, while still offering consumers the ride, handling and wear performance they expect from their tyres today.”
The standard equipment on the 2014 Chevy Spark EV will be:
– Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 in size 185/55R15 82T on the front
– Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 in size 195/55R15 85T on the rear
The Spark EV was launched in the US in June of this year, and is currently being sold in California and Oregon. It is also being sold in Europe and South Korea.