BMW has stepped up its sustainable automotive activities by becoming the first automotive manufacturer worldwide to equip its cars with tyres containing sustainable natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material used to strengthen the tyres. Sourced exclusively from Pirelli, the 22-inchers will come fitted on the BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in-hybrid that’s sold in the U.K.
By far the largest share of natural rubber grown worldwide goes into tyre production. Natural rubber’s high elasticity and sturdiness currently make it irreplaceable for tyre production. About six million small farmers worldwide are responsible for over 80% of the world’s natural rubber cultivation that’s produced in the so-called rubber belt across the tropical regions.
The new 22-inch P ZERO ∗ tyre has now become the world’s first tyre to receive the coveted FSC label. Pirelli makes use of FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon to manufacture the sustainable tyre that carries the star ∗ in the name, indicating that the new tyre meets BMW’s strict performance requirements, including particularly low rolling resistance and noise level.
With the introduction of these tyres, BMW has completed full lifecycle CO2 certification for the BMW X5 xDrive45e – from raw material procurement, through the supply chain, production and use phase, all the way to recycling. The brand is well-known for its long-standing commitment to transparency and sustainability in the natural rubber supplier network