Why Don't Electric Cars Come with a Spare Tire?


Why Don't Electric Cars Come with a Spare Tire?

If you're in the market for a new electric car, you might observe that many of them don't include a spare tire. Although this isn't exclusive to electric vehicles, and it's becoming increasingly rare for cars to come with a "donut" spare, it's an emerging trend in the EV industry that potential buyers should be aware of.

Adding to the situation, a number of the widely favored electric vehicles on the market presently lack a designated space for spare tire storage. This applies to every Tesla model, the Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai's Ioniq 5, and the Volkswagen ID.4 EV. Instead, you might come across an emergency tire inflation kit tucked away in the rear storage.In the following, we'll explain the reasoning behind this, along with a brief list of some electric cars that do come equipped with spare tires.

Do Electric Cars Come with Spare Tires?

Do Electric Cars Come with Spare Tires?

Most bigger electric vehicles do include a spare tire, but if you're opting for a smaller model like a car, crossover SUV, or a hybrid, chances are it won't come with one. One of the major factors for this, among other reasons, is the issue of space.

In electric cars, makers utilize every available inch for a larger battery, electric motors, or to create roomy interiors. This is particularly noticeable in compact EVs. Additionally, some car manufacturers believe that adding a spare tire increases weight, potentially affecting the vehicle's range, all the while using up space for a feature that many people rarely use.

Certain makers argue that spare tires aren't utilized frequently enough to justify including one. If you're fortunate, you may never find yourself stranded or need to go through the hassle of changing a tire. However, I find it hard to accept this justification, given that studies indicate most drivers will experience about four flat tires in their lifetime. It's a more common occurrence than one might imagine.

Moreover, electric vehicles use specialized tires designed to support the added weight of battery packs and reduce rolling resistance for improved range. The standard small spare tire, often known as a donut, may not be suitable for this purpose. Consequently, most electric cars do not come equipped with one.

In addition, modern vehicles are quite intelligent. If they don't come with run-flat tires, they're equipped with a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) that triggers a warning light on the dashboard. This gives you ample notice to either add air or locate a repair shop. Moreover, many EVs boast an array of safety features and include built-in Wi-Fi, often tied to a subscription plan that provides roadside assistance.One could argue that spare tires are no longer an absolute necessity. Nevertheless, all the advanced technology won't be of much help if, for instance, a load of nails spills from a work truck in front of you on the highway. So, it's perfectly understandable if you prefer to have a spare readily available.

Electric Cars with a Spare Tire in 2023

Electric Cars with a Spare Tire in 2023

Thankfully, many of today's electric vehicles still include a spare tire, and some even offer it as an optional feature with various trim levels. For instance, if you opt for the Ford F-150 Lightning EV, it comes equipped with a full-size spare tire. The outstanding Rivian R1T (as well as the R1S), GM's Hummer EV SUV, Toyota's RAV4 Prime, and Jeep's Wrangler or Cherokee 4Xe all come with one as well.In the case of smaller vehicles like the KIA Sorento EV, they provide a compact spare, similar to what you'll find in the Audi e-Tron or the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid.

Remember, a few EV models may only offer a spare tire with specific trim levels. Therefore, if the electric car you're considering doesn't include one, inquire with the sales representative about potential add-on packages. Take the colossal GMC Hummer EV truck, for instance. It doesn't come standard with a spare or a designated spot for one. However, GM provides an option to purchase a dual spare tire carrier that can be mounted in the truck's bed.

These are just a few examples of EVs equipped with a spare tire; forthcoming models such as the upcoming RAM 1500 REV are expected to feature one as well. We'll have to wait and see, as vehicles with spare tires are becoming increasingly rare.

Avoiding Flat Tires in Your Electric Car

Avoiding Flat Tires in Your Electric Car

As you're likely aware, encountering an occasional flat tire is bound to happen. Whether it's a nail in the road or some debris, situations arise that can lead to a loss of tire pressure. Nonetheless, there are a few measures you can take to possibly minimize the likelihood of such occurrences.

Electric cars require maintenance, and so do their tires. It's important to regularly inspect and maintain the proper tire pressure. Take the time to check and clean your tires periodically, and exercise caution to steer clear of road hazards. Unlike traditional cars that require oil changes, EVs don't have this need, which often coincides with a tire rotation. Therefore, remember to rotate your tires approximately every 7,000 to 8,000 miles.

If the absence of a spare tire in your electric car concerns you, consider obtaining a tire repair kit and stow it in the trunk or front compartment.

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