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South Korea's Hyundai teams with Michelin to develop EV tires

Automaker bolsters push into electrics as partners seek specialized designs

Michelin, which supplies Tesla, is a leading player in EV tires.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Group has partnered with Michelin to develop tires optimized for electric vehicles, the South Korean automaker said Monday, part of a push to extend the range of its cars.

EVs tend to be heavier than gasoline-powered autos due to the weight of batteries. Hyundai and Michelin look to create new designs and materials for a tire that can support the added weight with less resistance.

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