Pirelli EV tires are a special category. Different kinds of vehicles need different tire types. A sports vehicle’s needs vary from those of a city car; the former, for example, will demand maximum grip during acceleration and braking, whilst the latter will require more comfort and reduced rolling resistance in order to save gasoline.

And it goes without saying that a touring sedan and an off-roader will utilize tires that are developed using entirely different assumptions.

Weight is one of the main factors

The same is true for electric cars, which, in comparison to traditional vehicles, weigh significantly more due to their battery packs, deliver much higher torque as soon as you press the accelerator, must maximize their range to avoid running out of energy and strive to provide as quiet an environment as possible to take advantage of the level of comfort generated by the near-zero mechanical noise.

Pirelli EV tires: characteristics of special electric vehicle tiresThe Pirelli Elect, a blend of technologies capable of reacting to the demands of electrified automobiles, whether they be BEVs or plug-in hybrids, was developed in response to these requirements. Elect has replied with a strengthened construction and a better distribution of its stiffness attributes in order to keep the optimal footprint on the ground, despite the vehicle’s increased weight.

Elect ensures the amount of grip required to maximize the car’s performance while minimizing friction with the road surface in order to sustain the tread’s range capability. It also aids the vehicle in converting every Watt of stored energy into miles traveled by reducing tire rolling resistance via the use of new compounds, profiles, and structures.

Finally, particular tread patterns and the Pirelli Cancelling System technology, which “absorbs” the noise caused by tire roll owing to foam in the inside section of the tread, contribute to enabling the vehicle to drive in peace, a characteristic that electric car owners love.

Pirelli EV tires: characteristics of special electric vehicle tiresPirelli EV tires with HL specification

Pirelli has also created a new specialty, the “HL” brand, for larger electrified cars and SUVs, which is intended to sustain the weight of current vehicles fitted with batteries. Pirelli tires with the lettering HL (high load) on the sidewall can withstand weight on the ground of over 20% more than a regular tire and between 6% and 9% more than an XL tire of the same proportions.

However, this is insufficient. Because electric automobiles are so different from ordinary cars, they have additional characteristics that set them apart. For example, they often do not carry spare wheels, instead of allocating all available space to the batteries that power the engine. This takes us to Pirelli’s anti-puncture technology, Run Flat and Seal Inside, which eliminates the need for a “replacement tire” to be installed at the roadside in the event of a pressure drop.

Pirelli EV tires: characteristics of special electric vehicle tiresModels equipped with the Elect brand

P Zero tires with Elect markings are Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires that combine Pirelli’s race expertise with Elect technology and were selected to equip vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, Polestar 1, BMW iX, and the new Mercedes-Benz EQE. P Zero Elect tires may also be seen on the Audi Grandsphere Concept and Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG concept cars, as well as the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQB and Ford Mustang Mach-E 4X.

The other Elect-branded tire family, the Scorpion, is designed to equip SUV’s and crossovers, including the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX, the Volvo XC90 plug-in Hybrid, and the Jaguar EV400 AWD, as well as the Mercedes-Benz EQCc 400 4matic AMG Line and the Volvo XC90 plug-in Hybrid and the Jaguar EV400 AWD.

According to Pirelli’s ‘perfect fit’ concept, these tires were created in collaboration with the world’s top carmakers to suit the specialized technology needs of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, with a distinct compound, structure, and tread pattern design for each automobile.

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