The Pilot Sport EV is the only tire on this year's list; the automotive category is dominated by new cars, motorcycles and in-car electronics.
The Pilot Sport EV's design incorporates technology developed for the company's involvement from 2012 through 2022 with Formula E racing, Michelin said, including "ElectricGrip" compound technology, which features a harder compound for the center of the tread to provide the grip required to handle the high torque characteristics of electric sports cars.
Michelin claims the tire's reduced low rolling resistance can extend an EV's range by up to 37 miles, while perceptible road noise is reduced by 20% thanks to the use of a polyurethane foam insert attached to the inner liner that reduces cabin noise.
Katelyn Berry, vice president of marketing for Michelin North America Inc.'s business-to-consumer products, said receiving the award "showcases how performance can be improved and maintained with the inclusion of more sustainable materials."
Berry also noted that developing tires for electric vehicles "proves our dedication to a sustainable future."
When the tire launched in 2021, Michelin pledged to neutralize the CO2 emissions associated with the tire's production and transport to its point of sale as part of its effort to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the life of its tires and address the demands of electric sports car owners.
The process included the financing of projects aimed at offsetting and absorbing the residual CO2 emissions associated with tire production through the Livelihoods carbon fund, a French non-profit that invests in large-scale projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America to empower smallholder farmers and rural communities, restore ecosystems and contribute to climate action — until the day comes when it will be possible to eliminate them entirely.
The tire line is available in North America in 16 low-profile sizes covering 19- to 22-inch rim diameters. Michelin offers a 20,000-mile limited treadwear warranty on the EV line.