Regenerated Carbon Black & MotoE™
MotoE brings sustainable racing to two wheels. Not only are the bikes electric, but the tyre-supplier, Michelin, is using sustainable materials in MotoE tyre fabrication. Michelin, which has recently taken a 20% share in Scandinavian Enviro Systems, has already incorporated bio and/or regenerated materials (such as Enviro rCB) in MotoE tyres and plans to increase their use.
“Michelin’s latest innovative work in MotoE marks an even more sustainable step forward with the introduction of new tyres that incorporate natural materials, regenerated materials and/or biomaterials.
By gradually increasing the proportion of regenerated materials and biomaterials used in the production of its MotoE tyres, Michelin sees the series as a high-tech lab that is beneficial to road-tyre development. The Michelin Group is committed to an Everything Sustainable plan which is geared to providing its customers with products that are increasingly efficient, ecological and sustainable.
Michelin’s work on regenerated materials and biomaterials in the competitive arena of MotoE will feed the development of new-generation road tyres and, by doing so, ensure a positive return on its investment in motorsport. At the same time, the series stands out as an effective communication platform for showcasing the benefits of the Group’s technological breakthroughs, not only to its manufacturer partners but also to the wider public”.
The first race demonstrated the potential to combine exciting racing and sustainability on two wheels:
“Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) made sure it was a perfect opening FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup weekend at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, the Brazilian claiming a dominant victory in Sunday morning’s six-lap dash. Joining Granado on the podium was 2019 Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) and rookie Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP)”.
MotoE bikes reach nearly 170 mph with only a 10 cm square patch of tyres connecting them to the ground; a very testing application for new sustainable materials and design.