One of the complaints you hear from owners of electric cars is the road noise that is generated through the tyres tends to be quite loud. This is normally not an issue with most cars, as the engine tends to drown out any road noise.
As a result, those clever engineers at Pirelli have created a new range of tyres, the Pirelli Elect, that are specifically designed for electric and hybrid cars for both summer and winter use.
The new tyre has a low rolling resistance to increase autonomy and therefore decrease road noise for a more comfortable and quieter ride for the car’s occupants. The other main characteristics of the Pirelli Elect is that it also provides immediate grip that allows the car to put its low-down torque and power down for a quick getaway, and due to the extra weight of battery-powered cars, the tyre has a special structure designed to support this.
The Porsche Taycan is the first car to use the new Elect-marked tyres, which now has a dedicated Pirelli P Zero Elect tyre available for every season.
Engineers at Pirelli developed a specific P Zero Elect tyre for the Porsche Taycan, which is able to capitalise upon the car’s phenomenal performance and was developed in line with Pirelli’s perfect fit philosophy, with a compound, construction and tread pattern design specifically created for the Taycan.
A number of countries have laws mandating the use of winter tyres and so Pirelli has also created Elect versions of the Winter Sottozero 3, Scorpion Winter and P Zero Winter. The latter is available for the Porsche Taycan in both 19-inch and 20-inch sizes.
If you drive your electric or hybrid car a lot during the winter months, it is recommended that you fit winter tyres, like the Pirelli Elect, as it will give you better all round performance in all kinds of road conditions as temperatures begin to drop. The reason winter tyres work so well, is that they use a softer compound, which works well even when temperatures drop well below zero and there is less grip on road surfaces. They deliver excellent roadholding and traction as well as offering secure braking, which can be particularly challenging with electric cars, adding that extra level of safety. These bespoke winter tyres are easily distinguishable by M+S symbols accompanied by the 3PMSF (three-peak mountain snowflake) logo on the sidewall, to show conformity with winter traffic laws in different countries as necessary.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photograph courtesy of Pirelli and Porsche AG