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Posted on February 25, 2021

Michelin Launches Pilot Sport EV Tire for Electric Sports Vehicles

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  • The first Michelin tire engineered to meet the specific handling and range requirements of electric sports cars
  • Low road-noise for superior travelling comfort(1)
  • Result of the unique experience acquired by Michelin in Formula E racing
  • An eco-responsible, CO2-neutral tire at the point of sale(2)

Michelin has launched its first tire designed to address the specific demands made by electric sports cars. Launching April 1, the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport EV delivers: 

  • Optimal grip on dry and wet roads(3) (4) – irrespective of the tire’s level of wear(5) – taking into account the higher weight and weight-distribution characteristics associated with electric sports cars.
  • Outstanding resistance to wear(6) in response to the high torque and acceleration forces of electric sports cars.
  • The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV’s low rolling resistance extends range by up to 37 miles(7).
  • 20 percent less perceptible road noise thanks to MICHELIN AcousticTM technology which takes the form of a custom-developed polyurethane foam that reduces cabin noise(1).

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV is the result of the unique experience Michelin has acquired in Formula E racing

A founding partner of Formula E, Michelin proposed a specific solution for the championship’s all-electric single-seaters that is similar in its concept to a road tire. The Michelin Formula E tire is capable of racing in any weather conditions, while its size – 18 inches – is consistent with current road-car norms.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV benefits directly from the progress Michelin has achieved over six seasons in Formula E and incorporates ElectricGrip CompoundTM technology which features a hard compound for the center of the tread to provide the grip required to handle high torque characteristics of electric sports cars. The sidewalls carry over the same pattern and velvet-finish markings of Michelin’s Formula E tire.

An eco-responsible, CO2-neutral tire at the point of sale(2)

In order to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the life of its tire and address the demands of electric sports car owners, Michelin has pledged to neutralize the CO2 emissions associated with the tire’s production and transport to its point of sale. This process includes the financing of projects aimed at offsetting and absorbing the residual CO2 emissions associated with tire production through the Livelihoods carbon fund until the day comes when it will be possible to eliminate them entirely.

Michelin is currently the only manufacturer that is active in the original-equipment and replacement electric sports car tire market. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV will be rolled during 2021 in a choice of 16 sizes (original equipment: 11 sizes / replacement market: 5 sizes) for 18- to 22-inch rims.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV is already available in China and will be available on vehicles released in Europe and North America from the third quarter 2021. By 2024, Michelin plans to increase its sales in this high-growth market by a factor of eight.

Download Photos of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV here: https://contentcenter.michelin.com/portal/shared-board/342f0bbe-40c1-4e91-bf45-5faa89ce7e46

 1. Internal noise measurement (170-230Hz band) carried out in 2016 based on a KIA Cadenza equipped with 245/45 R19 tires. Noise level measured on the range "170-230Hz". Results may vary depending on vehicle, tire range and size, speed and road conditions.

2. Michelin has cut CO2 emissions from its industrial sites by 25% since 2010 and aims at their carbon neutrality by 2050. Michelin is engaged in funding projects designed to absorb or avoid CO2 emissions and draws upon the carbon credits stemming from these projects up to the level of residual emissions linked to the production of MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tires (from extraction of the raw materials to delivery of the tires to the customer). (Cf. Livelihoods Carbon Fund) - Cf https://www.michelin.com/en/sustainable-development-mobility/environment/

3. Cornering stiffness internal study carried out on machine in October 2020, on dimension 255/45 R19, comparing the 255/45 R19 MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV with the same-sized MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV.

4. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV is B-rated for Wet Grip by the European labelling scale.

5. New and Worn (worn means worn on machine (buffed) to the depth of Tread Wear Indicator according to European regulation for Tread wear indicator ECE R30r03f), the 255/45 R19 MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV, is above the European R117 regulation wet grip threshold.

6. Thanks to MaxTouch Construction that maximizes the tire's contact with the road and evenly distribute the forces of acceleration, braking and cornering - delivering longer tread life without sacrificing performance

7. Rolling Resistance internal study carried out in October 2020, comparing a 255/45 R19 MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV (6.7kg/t) with the same-sized MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV (8.8kg/t). In the case of an electric vehicle weighing 2,151kg with a range of 540km, the difference (2.1kg/t) equates to more than 60km of additional range, or more than 10 percent of the original range.

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15 Comments

Philip Bottin | April 3, 2021 @ 10:55AM
"Launching April 1, the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport EV"

Well, obviously not as I can't buy it or price it anywhere

Gas | March 25, 2021 @ 8:58AM
Why would you guys need sport tires for a i3?

Tim Bennett | March 21, 2021 @ 10:53AM
Please make these tires for the i3s!!!

Jmb | March 21, 2021 @ 7:17AM
Please can you make these for the BMW i3!

D T | March 21, 2021 @ 5:14AM
Please make these for the bmw i3!

Lars | March 21, 2021 @ 3:20AM
Please make tyre sizes for the i3 in both 19 and 20".

Gytis | March 21, 2021 @ 2:32AM
Looking for best tires on my i3.

Christer | March 21, 2021 @ 1:50AM
Like to see these in Sweden on my i3

Shawn Williams | March 21, 2021 @ 12:43AM
Please make tyres for the BMW i3 thousands of us are fed up with Bridgestone Tyres

Tom Wiggins | March 20, 2021 @ 10:56PM
195/50x20 or 215/45x20 sizes? These are front tires sizes for BMW i8 OR we run them on BMW i3 Sports (wife & I have 3 of ‘em). Hopefully lower price than the $1500 for i8 tires (Bridgestone Potenza S001). BMW i3 Modified group went zero > 5,100 members in 18 months... there’s your market!

Keith Tsang | March 18, 2021 @ 4:07AM
Would it fit a Tesla Model 3 Performance (235/35/20)? Very looking forward to it since that will be the first tire made especially for EV and the All Season 4 does not have it in that size yet!

Steven Rounds | March 17, 2021 @ 5:06PM
What widths and aspect ratios will be available in the 20-inch size?

When?

(for a Mach-E GT Performance Edition)

Matthew Ceaser | March 12, 2021 @ 3:23PM
When will these become available in Canada?

What is the estimated price? (even just a ballpark figure)

Will it be all season?

Mileage warranty?

Can I pre-order it now?

Christopher Hubert | February 28, 2021 @ 10:12PM
Will this be all season? What is the tread rating?

Mileage warranty?

Mihir Patel | February 26, 2021 @ 8:18PM
Are these tires going to be considered all seasons? Or will they use similar compound to a summer tire that cannot be driven below 40 degrees Fahrenheit?

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