The first BMW M electric vehicle equipped with Pirelli P Zero Elect tyres

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The EV specific Pirelli P Zero Elect has been selected by BMW M to equip the new BMW i4 M50, the first fully electric car developed by the brand’s high-performance division. The latest zero-emission coupé now joins many other BMW M cars for which Pirelli has developed bespoke original equipment tyres.

In 2022 BMW’s sporting M division turned 50, transferring the expertise developed in motorsport to everyday roads. The BMW i4 M50 sets the sporting division of the brand on the path towards total electrification for the first time. There are two engines driving all four wheels, giving the car a total power output of 544CV (400kW) with acceleration from 0-100kph in 3.9 seconds.

To handle the high performance of the car and meet the unique demands common to all electric vehicles, Pirelli has developed P Zero tyres with Elect technology, which can be recognised from specific markings on the sidewall. Alongside the star that identifies all bespoke BMW original equipment tyres, the Elect logo also indicates that the tyre has been specially developed to complement the characteristics of BEV or plug-in hybrid vehicles, such as instant torque, increased weight from the batteries, and silent travel. The structure of the Pirelli tyre has been reinforced to support the car and deliver maximum performance even during extreme sports driving. The special high-grip compound has also been designed to give maximum grip to guarantee precise and efficient handling.

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Wesley Doyle is editor of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Stadia. He has over two-decades experience in publishing during which time he has worked at some of the UK’s leading consumer magazine titles in the health and fitness and sport sectors. Wesley is also passionate about cycling and interested in alternative technologies, particularly in transportation, to achieve net zero.

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