23 May 2019


Transport Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has awarded Hankook Tyre a contract to supply tyres for Barcelona's entire bus fleet of more than 4,000 buses. The state-of-the-art "SmartCity AU04+" tyre series from Hankook are to be supplied by Hankook's Spanish representative Grupo Soledad.

Tyre maker Hankook will supply its tyres for more than 4,000 buses from Barcelona's most prominent city bus company, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. Especially the size 275/70R22.5 of the Hankook series for city buses SmartCity AU04+ will be used. This series of tyres has been specially designed for urban transport. According to Hankook these tyres meet the increasing demand from customers for tyres that have also been developed for electrically powered city buses. Because these vehicles are generally heavier than conventional buses due to their energy storage units, this tyre model also has an increased load index. The profile of the SmartCity AU04+, which has been developed as a four-season tyre, is suitable for all winter conditions without restrictions and has the snowflake symbol (3PMSF). The new city bus series is also suitable for city buses with conventional drive.

In the context of their shared environmental and economic responsibility, Hankook, Grupo Soledad and TMB have agreed that after the first life cycle the tyres will be used a second time as retreaded Hankook Alpha-Tread profiles, saving considerable amounts of fossil raw materials and CO2.

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