Hankook to supply over 1,100 buses in Barcelona with new tyre range

Hankook will supply its new city bus line ‘SmartCity AU04+’ to over 1,100 buses from Barcelona’s most prominent urban bus transportation company, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB).
The news comes after the tyre maker and its Spanish vendor, Grupo Soledad recently reached an agreement with TMB.

As these vehicles are generally heavier than conventional buses due to their energy storage units, the tyre-models also have an increased load index and size 275/70R22.5 will be used.

The tread of the SmartCity AU04+, which has been designed as an all-year tyre, is suitable for all wintry conditions without restriction and sports the snowflake symbol (3PMSF). The new city bus tyre line-up is equally suitable for city buses with conventional drive concepts.

Han-Jun Kim, President of Hankook Tire Europe, states: “The agreement with one of Europe’s biggest urban transport companies makes us very proud; especially because it’s an agreement on the usage of our future-oriented technology. This will put the SmartCity AU04+, our first bus tyre line for electric-powered buses, on large-scale level on the road. We look forward to expanding our fleet cooperations in Europe, being always on track with new mobility trends.”

From left: Manuel Perez, Commercial Director of Soledad Group; Ramón Barcardí, Director of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) and Yang Hun Kim, Managing Director of Hankook España

In the context of their shared environmental and economic responsibility, Hankook, Grupo Soledad and TMB agreed to use worn tyres after the first life cycle for a second as retreaded Hankook Alpha-Tread profiles. In this way, considerable amounts of fossil raw materials and CO2 can be saved for active environmental protection.