Another tire manufacturer is launching a tire specifically designed for electric vehicles (EVs). This time it is Pirelli with the P Zero All Season Plus with Elect marking.
According to Pirelli, the new tires offer a number of advantages for EV owners over regular tires.
The first is a term you might have heard before – rolling resistance. A tire with a low rolling resistance helps increase range and reduce consumption, and this new offering provides a 15% reduction in rolling resistance when compared to a non-Elect P Zero All Season Plus tire.
Another advantage is low road noise, a key factor when you consider that EVs don’t have a loud engine to mask the sound of the tires hitting the pavement.
The tires also feature what the company calls the ‘Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNCS).
“…a technology designed to reduce interior vehicle noise thanks to a sound absorbing material applied to the inside circumferential wall of the tire that offers significantly improved driving comfort, a feature much appreciated by those who own electric cars. Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNCS) equipped P Zero All Season Plus Elect has shown a 5% decrease in cabin noise versus the leading original equipment competitor.”
Additionally, the new tires provide extra grip to ensure you can take full advantage of the instant torque in an EV.
“Developing a tire specifically for electric vehicles requires a number of considerations you do not encounter when working with internal combustion engines. Electric vehicles are heavier, have more powerful and faster acceleration off the line and require lower rolling resistance,” said Ian Coke, Chief Technical Officer at Pirelli North America.
Pirelli did not say when the tires will be available, but did say they will be offered in sizes from 18″ to 20″, and comes with a 50,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.