ENSO launches innovative pay-per-mile tyre for electric taxis

Source: press release, 9 August 2022

ENSO’s Pay-Per-Mile Tyre to be launched with over 100 LEVC TX taxis in London later this summer
ENSO’s Pay-Per-Mile Tyre to be launched with over 100 LEVC TX taxis in London later this summer (photo: ENSO)

London-based EV tyre manufacturer ENSO will launch its innovative Pay-Per-Mile Tyre this summer, in collaboration with digital fleet financing provider Zeti.

The agreement with Zeti will see ENSO’s advanced TX1 electric vehicle tyre – the world’s first range-extending “A”-rated tyre specifically designed for electric taxis – fitted to more than 100 electric LEVC vehicles, ahead of ENSO’s wider rollout of its tyres to individual consumers.

The ENSO Pay-Per-Mile Tyre will offer electric taxis access to better tyres with no upfront cost. Turning the traditional industry model on its head, it incentivises the development of longer-lasting tyres and addresses the significant and growing issue of tyre pollution resulting from the continued adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

Particulate matter from tyres is a major source of UK air pollution according to DEFRA, with tyres already responsible for 28% of all primary microplastics in the world’s oceans (IUCN). Furthermore, most end-of-life tyres are incinerated, with each ton producing 650 kg of CO2.

With toxic chemical compounds and wear rates varying substantially between the cheapest and most premium tyre brands, experts state that simply removing the worst-offending tyres from the road will have a significant impact.

By offering its range-extending “A”-rated TX1 tyre with zero upfront cost, ENSO is not only removing a significant barrier to the affordability of high-quality low-emission tyres, but offering customers enhanced EV range and performance, as well as saving on running costs by using less energy per mile.

Gunnlaugur Erlendsson, Founder and CEO of ENSO comments, “The traditional tyre industry business model incentivises volume and indirectly creates huge levels of tyre pollution, and enormous tyre waste at their end-of-life. As EV sales grow this problem is also getting worse, given that EVs wear out tyres 20-50% faster according to Michelin and Goodyear, due to their heavier weight and higher torque.”

“ENSO’s Pay-Per-Mile Tyre turns the traditional tyre distribution model on its head by selling miles rather than tyres, incentivising more durable products. Only by making fewer, better, longer-lasting tyres will we address the growing problem of tyre pollution and waste resulting from an outdated industry model. ENSO’s Pay-Per-Mile Tyre reduces total cost of ownership while helping to manage cash flows, while increasing EV range and reducing tyre pollution,” Erlendsson continues.

This new service will be powered by Zeti’s patent pending FinTech platform, ZERO. Through its cutting-edge technology, Zeti offers an innovative pay-per-mile model to finance fleets of zero and ultra-low emission vehicles – a radically different approach to traditional vehicle financing. Telematics devices in each electric vehicle gather real-time data, such as the mileage and vehicle health. ZERO then combines this telematic data with smart contracts to calculate billing on a pooled Pay-Per-Mile basis for both the vehicle and the fleet.

By connecting fleet operators with institutional financers through its proprietary platform, Zeti is accelerating the transition to cleaner fleets in an affordable way, making financing a vehicle as easy and transparent as paying for any other utility. To date Zeti has enabled the financing of more than GBP 16 million-worth of EVs, saving over 3,000 tonnes of CO2.

Dan Saunders, Founder and CEO of Zeti comments, “We’ve proved the Pay-Per-Mile model for financing vehicle fleets, so why not also apply the model to the tyres of those same vehicles? ENSO’s product speaks to exactly what we are looking to achieve as a company – accelerating the way to cleaner fleets and lower pollution through innovation. Working with ENSO now gives us a holistic solution for fleet owners, making running their fleets simple, affordable, and transparent.”

The implementation of ENSO’s Pay-Per-Mile Tyre is the latest development in the commercialisation of its next-generation EV tyres. ENSO’s tyres have achieved “A” energy-efficiency ratings in Germany, and recently broke a Hypermiling World Record, extending the range of an unmodified Renault Zoe EV by 50 miles (12%) compared to standard OE tyres.

ENSO is already working with leading EV carmakers (OEMs), as well as large EV fleets, including a partnership with the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL), DPD and Royal Mail, to deploy its range-extending, low-emission tyres on final-mile EV delivery fleets.

London electric taxis are another natural market to benefit from ENSO’s tyres, with their specific challenges of high-mileage, heavier weight, and higher torque, resulting in significantly faster tyre wear. ENSO will further its commitment to London-based taxi fleet owners later this autumn with the opening of its first tyre station in Central London, offering a better service directly to its customers.

ENSO will also continue to work in partnership with Zeti as it rolls out its global expansion with further large-scale EV fleets.