Yokohama Producing High Load Capacity Tires

March 21, 2023

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. says it has started producing and selling HLC (high load capacity) tires.

The tires are designed “to meet the needs of heavy-duty passenger cars, such as EVs and hybrid cars with high-capacity batteries, as well as large SUVs,” say Yokohama officials.

“Having been developed as original equipment (OE) on new cars … Yokohama Rubber will also develop products for the replacement market, in line with market needs.

“HLC tires are indicated with ‘HL’ at the beginning of their tire size descriptions.”

Yokohama officials add that HLC tires require “advanced technology to ensure quietness and handling stability, while maintaining high load durability.

“Through repeated simulations of failures caused by high loads, Yokohama Rubber has developed the dedicated profile for HLC tires that achieves a balance between load durability and other performance characteristics, with less heat generation and strain under high loads than standard tires.” 

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