Pirelli has taken the step of producing tyres made from recycled rubber. The tyres won’t be found on passenger cars or trucks any time soon though. These tyres, the Cycl-e range, are specifically designed for electric bicycles.
Recycled Tyres Launched by Pirelli
The Cycl-e range was presented at the annual Eurobike fair, which took place in September in Germany. Pirelli presented three models, available in “sport” and “standard” models, developed with a view to sustainability and the circular economy. E-bike tyres incorporate rubber from recycled end of life Pirelli tyres.
The company explained in a press release “Precisely because Pirelli is engaged in sustainable mobility, the tyres of the Cycl-e line have been developed and manufactured using a compound that includes rubber powder: Tyres are taken from the ELT feedstock and processed to produce a fine powder. The selected powders are re-generated and reused in the polymer matrix. Particular attention is also paid to maximising the use of natural rubber, a renewable raw material “.
The tyres are constructed with two different compounds for the tread and the carcass, in order to optimise grip and protection against punctures.