Bridgestone’s environmentally-friendly Ecopia tyres got a rave review after carrying the Nissan GreenSource Team Holland through the Alps in the e-Miglia rally earlier this month.
The factory-fitted Ecopia EP150 tyres helped the all-electric Nissan LEAF save battery power while it successfully completed the 4-day rally.
A field of 31 different battery-only vehicles demonstrated the capabilities of electric vehicles and the exciting potential of e-mobility.
Starting from Munich, the event covered 800 kilometres through four countries, with steep climbs up to altitudes over 2,500 meters, finishing in St. Moritz.
Nissan GreenSource Team Holland in the Nissan LEAF finished 17th in the rally, placing it
amongst the leading 4-door production cars.
Marc de Jong, driver of the Nissan LEAF and Principal of Pure Sports Management, said: “Driving our car was a real pleasure and our Bridgestone Ecopia tyres deserve a lot of credit.
“During the e-Miglia our Ecopia tyres tackled mountain passes, country roads, sun, rain, smooth tarmac and rough pavement – all with equal ease and excellent road-holding.
“Matched to the low centre of gravity of our Nissan LEAF, the Ecopia tyres allowed us to do very well in all the driving tests.”
Nissan have selected Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 tyres as original equipment for the LEAF, the world’s first 100% electric mass-produced car, voted European Car of the Year 2011.
Ecopia is Bridgestone’s line of eco-friendly tyres, specially developed to provide low rolling resistance without compromising overall tyre performance, including wet safety.
Ecopia EP150 achieves reductions in rolling resistance through Bridgestone’s proprietary NanoPro-Tech™ compound technology.
Reductions in rolling resistance lead to greater fuel efficiency, and in the case of electric vehicles, more economical use of battery power.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team