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Pirelli launches its first high load index tyre for EVs

Pirelli has introduced its very first high load index tyre, dedicated primarily to electric or hybrid cars and SUVs.

Made to support the weight of new vehicles equipped with batteries, the tyre is perfect for heavier vehicles, such as electric cars. It is designed to provide low rolling resistance as well as a high level of driving comfort.

The new tyre features the HL (high load) marking on the sidewall as an indication of its capabilities and according to Pirelli is able to support 20 per cent more weight compared to a standard tyre and around nine per cent more weight than an extra load XL tyre of the same size.

The Lucid Air will be the very first car to use the new Pirelli HL tyres.

The Pirelli P Zero for this model will be available in the following sizes: HL 245/35R21 99 Y XL on the front axle and HL 265/ 35R21 103 Y XL on the rear axle, specifically designed for the new EV produced and sold later this year in the United State.

In accordance with Pirelli’s ‘Perfect Fit’ strategy, the P Zero tyres for the Lucid Air have been jointly developed with the car manufacturer, to fully meet the required performance standards.

To identify the specific design for the American manufacturer, these tyres will be marked ‘LM1’ on the sidewalls.

These bespoke P Zero tyres will also benefit from Pirelli Elect and PNCS technologies.

Pirelli Elect offers low rolling resistance to increase range, reduced rolling noise to maximise comfort, and a compound engineered for grip to respond to the instant torque demands of the electric transmission, as well as a structure capable of supporting the weight of the battery pack.

To further increase interior comfort, PNCS technology which consists of a special sound-absorbing material placed within the tyre, helps deaden air vibrations that would otherwise be transmitted to the inside of the vehicle.