Finnish tire maker Nokian is pleased announce its own set of rubbers for the BMW i3.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is a genuine winter tire designed for BMW’s i3 electric car.  The tire will go on sale in January 2015. The company says that their winter tire “combines extremely low rolling resistance, first-class grip, and exceptional driving comfort.”

According to tests, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of even electric vehicles by 30%. The energy savings gained from the lower rolling resistance increases the vehicle’s range.

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

The new tire model’s size is1 55/70R19 84Q.

According to the EU tire label, the rolling resistance of the new model is in class A. The rolling resistance of competitors is in class C and E.

The aggressive arrow-like tread pattern, already used on the test-winning Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, and the safety innovations that improve handling, such as the grip particles and pump sipes of the Cryo Crystal concept, ensure balanced handling and excellent winter grip, even on wet ice.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

The non-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 (size 215/45R20 95R XL), designed for BMW’s new i8 hybrid vehicle, will be introduced in February–March 2015.