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I will read the entire forum later, but what are the favorite tires for the Gen 1

Low rolling resistance and quietness are the two major needs
 

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One of the most popular choices is the Continental TrueContact. A good all around choice. Affordable, good traction & handling in dry, wet and snow, quiet, comfortable, long tread life, reliable.

This is probably not the absolute lowest rolling resistance option at any price, though.
 

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Lots of threads devoted to this question, so a little research should be rewarding. The biggest issue is whether you want to put more performance oriented tires on the car. That helps with noise, ride, and handling, but your range takes a hit (three or four miles). The decision as to which brand of tire you get is likely less important. Note that your range will go down when you first get your new tires no matter what until your tires are broken in. Be prepared and don't be concerned when that happens.
 

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I have the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus on my 2012 and have no complaints. Ride & handling seem good. Range didn't change at all from the OEM Goodyears.


If you go that route, make sure you get the "Plus" version. The regular EP422 is a POS tire, but they still seem to make it.
 

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I faced the same decision two months ago. I too wanted to preserve mileage and a quiet ride. After searching the gm-volt forums I had a set of Bridgestone Ecopia EP422+ put on my 2014 Volt. My guestimated mileage is up with the Ecopia's (first time I've ever seen it hit 50). The Ecopia's handle fine. I'm happy with them...
 

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If you are considering the Continental brand, go with Dutch's suggestion and get the TrueContacts. I have the Continental PureContacts, and I've seen a 10% loss in EV range, and about the same loss when on gas. Currently have about 7000mi on them.
 

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Apparently Discount Tire doesn't carry the Pirelli P7, they have their own private version called the Strada AS, extremely similiar tire. If I can't get discount to get me the Truecontacts, is the Pirelli Strada a worthy competitor? Reviews of the P7 seem reasonably good.
 

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Are you a Costco member? That's where I got my Ecopias. Like everything else Costco sells, it's hard to beat the price for what you get.

My wife actually hit a curb today and made a hole in the sidewall of one of the Ecopias. Tires have about 20k miles on them. Costco road hazard warranty replaced the tire for $40. Solid service. And because Costco treats their employees well, the people dealing with your car are much better than the typical parolees that other tire places hire.
 

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I have experience with the Bridgestone Ecopia and the Michelin Energy Saver A/S. Both are stellar LRR tires.
 
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