HiQ believes that the partnership will prove to be extremely successful, after scores of customers expressed their delight at the product, after getting it fitted with a nearby HiQ centre.

Jean-Pierre Jeusette, Goodyear's Director Tyre Technology Consumer Tyres for Europe, Middle East and Africa unveiled the news, stating:"Since up to 20 percent of a car's energy consumption can be accredited to its tyres, the tyres' rolling resistance level is an important parameter, especially for a battery-powered car such as the Renault Fluence Z.E.

"Renault came to us with the objective to present to them a tyre with extremely low rolling resistance levels and - at the same time - very high levels of dry and wet performance. We are proud that the new Goodyear EfficientGrip convinced Renault. Thanks to EfficientGrip's proven performance on the current Megane 3, Renault has selected Goodyear as exclusive tyre development partner for the Renault Fluence Z.E.", says Jeusette.

The Renault Fluence Z.E. with Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres will first be launched in Israel and Denmark, followed by other countries. Production of the electric Renault Fluence Z.E. will kick off in the first half of 2011. The new Goodyear EfficientGrip is already available across Europe in various sizes.