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BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid will get sustainable natural rubber tyres from Pirelli

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Milan-headquartered multinational tyre company Pirelli has become the first tyre-producer in the world to manufacture FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) tyres. Pirelli is designing the new P Zero tyres containing FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon for the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid. The new tyre production technology using natural rubber further widen the horizon for sustainable tyre production.

FSC forest management certification

The FSC forest management certification confirms that Pirelli is preserving the biological diversity by managing the plantations, where the brand sources its rubber. The brand is also ensuring economic viability and benefitting the lives of local people and workers. The FSC chain of custody certification also verifies that FSC-certified material and separates it from non-certified material. This process ensures that the non-certified material does not make its way from the plantations to the tyre manufacturer.

BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid

Pirelli will be supplying the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid with the front tyre size of 275/35 R22 and 315/30 R22 size for the rear. Powering the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid is a 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine. The BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology features BMW’s fourth-generation eDrive technology. The model-specific engine produces 394 hp of power and 600 Nm of torque. BMW also claims that the Plug-In Hybrid model can an electric-only range of 77-88 km on the WLTP cycle.

Sustainable Natural Rubber Supply

Pirelli has been working towards the sustainable management of the natural rubber supply chain for many years. The brand boasts that the certification for the natural rubber used to make the new P ZERO tyre is the latest step in the company’s path. Pirelli reveals that the training and sharing of good practices in the country of origin of the material are also in line with Pirelli Sustainable Natural Rubber Policy. Pirelli’s Sustainable Natural Rubber Policy was issued back in 2017, and the brand achieves sustainability through the roadmap of activities mentioned above.

Founded in Milan, Italy, in 1872, Pirelli is now a global brand known for cutting-edge technology and production excellence. The brand currently has 19 production plants in 12 countries and sells its tyres in 160 countries. The company also employs 31,600 around the globe. In the consumer market, Pirelli makes tyres for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. The brand also makes Specialty and Super Specialty tyres for the motorsport world.

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