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Pirelli selected as OE for EV startup

The EV startup Rivian has chosen Pirelli Scorpion range to fit its R1T pickup, which begins production in June 2021, and its R1S electric SUV.

Pirelli has developed special versions of its Scorpion Verde All Season, Scorpion Zero All Season and Scorpion All Terrain tyres (Pirelli’s dedicated range for SUVs and pickups) to meet Rivian’s specifications, and to enhance the vehicles’ unique characteristics following the “Pirelli Perfect Fit” strategy.

All Pirelli tyres developed for Rivian have a special marking on the shoulder: ‘RIV’ and ‘Elect’.

Elect is the marking that identifies Pirelli tyres for electric vehicles. Pirelli Elect tyres offer a number of advantages for electric vehicles, thanks to a specific set of technical characteristics.

Low rolling resistance helps to maximise each car’s range. In electric cars, reduction in noise accentuates one of the key advantages of electric driving: silence. Finally, the Pirelli tyres marked Elect offer improved traction in line with the intense demands from the transmission. Electric motors deliver the maximum torque available right from the bottom of the rev range, and so they need tyres that can bite into the asphalt instantly.

Pirelli and Rivian co-developed these products over almost two years, and this collaboration has resulted in three special tyres: 20, 21 and 22 inches. In particular, the Scorpion Verde All Season in 21 inches have a special tyre size, which Pirelli says is a world first: 275 55R21.