Pirelli announces its first high-load tire designed for electric and hybrid cars.
Pirelli has introduced its first tire with the new HL (High Load) marking, which has a higher carrying capacity and was designed primarily for electric and hybrid passenger cars and SUVs, which, due to the weight of the battery, are heavier than standard vehicles with internal combustion engines. Pirelli became the second company to release an HL tire; the first company to extend its range with one was Continental.
Pirelli’s latest tire features the HL (high load) marking on the sidewall and can support 20% more weight than conventional tires. The tire can also withstand 6–9% more weight than an extra-load XL tire in the same size. The first car to be fitted with the Pirelli HL tires will be the luxury sedan Lucid Air, in sizes HL 245/35R21 99 Y XL for the front wheels, and HL 265/ 35R21 103 Y XL for the rear. The luxury electric sedan must reach the customer market in the USA later this year, and the tires for the Lucid Air were developed under Pirelli’s own ‘Perfect Fit’ strategy, that is, they were developed specifically for the new car, which is evidenced by the ‘LM1’ markings on the sidewalls.
«The search for cutting-edge technical solutions has always been at the very heart of Pirelli’s business," explained Pierangelo Misani, senior vice president of R&D and cyber, Pirelli. «The attention we devote to all new forms of sustainable mobility now leads us to technology that is capable of anticipating the future demands of car manufacturers for their new electric and hybrid vehicles, which increasingly require specialized performance from tires.»
The P Zero tire for the Lucid Air also benefits from Pirelli Elect technology, which offers a lower rolling resistance to increase vehicle range and reduce road noise, and features a compound that is designed to provide grip in instant torque scenarios associated with EV transmissions. In addition, a sound-absorbing material placed within the tire (the PNCS technology) dampens air vibrations that could otherwise be felt inside the vehicle. This further decreases the road noise, which is particularly important considering the noiseless operation of the electric motor.