Pirelli Produces World’s First FSC-Certified Tyre For BMW’s Hybrid Model
Published On 20-May-2021
According to the tyre maker, the Pirelli P Zero tyre will be the world’s first FSC-certified tyre and will be supplied in the 275/35 R22 size for the front and 315/30 R22 size for the back on the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid.
Italian tyre maker Pirelli has announced that it has become the first company in the world to produce a range of FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) tyres designed for the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid.
These tyres contain FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon and represent a new horizon for increasingly sustainable tyre production, said Pirelli in a statement.
FSC forest management certification confirms that plantations are managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability, it further added.
According to the tyre maker, the Pirelli P Zero tyre will be the world’s first FSC-certified tyre using FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon sourced from FSC-certified plantations will be supplied in the 275/35 R22 size for the front and 315/30 R22 size for the back on the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid.
The second generation of the BMW X5 with electrified drive combines a model-specific 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology with the fourth generation of BMW eDrive technology.
The plug-in hybrid drive has produced a system output of 290 kW/394 hp along with a maximum system torque of 600 Nm, an electrically powered range of 77-88 km (WLTP).
This P ZERO has been developed by Pirelli to meet the performance needs of the German manufacturer for this popular model while contributing to the ‘green’ philosophy of this hybrid vehicle.
The new tyre will be produced exclusively at Pirelli’s Rome, Georgia factory in the United States and is designed to specifically target environmental sustainability along with low rolling resistance (scoring ‘A’ on the European tyre label), which improves fuel consumption and reduces consequent harmful emissions. On top of this, noise levels are lower, which further benefits the environment, said Pirelli.
Giovanni Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Future Mobility, said: “Before even reaching the road, sustainable mobility begins with raw materials. With the world’s first FSC-certified tyre, Pirelli once again demonstrates its commitment to pursuing increasingly challenging goals in terms of sustainability, a testament to the constant work on innovative materials and increasingly cutting-edge production processes. We continue to invest in sustainable growth for our planet, aware that this is also essential for the future of our businesses.”
“As a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “We have been committed to improving cultivation of natural rubber and increasing transparency in the supplier network since 2015. The use of tyres made of certified natural rubber is a pioneering achievement for our industry. In this way, we are helping preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change.”
“The new FSC-Certified Pirelli tyre is a significant milestone in the drive to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits across the natural rubber value chain; this is particularly important in the context of natural rubber’s sustainability challenges. We congratulate Pirelli for their commitment to responsible sourcing and for demonstrating that a transparent value chain is possible for natural rubber from smallholders to the market,” said Jeremy Harrison, Chief Markets Officer, FSC International.
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