Punctureproof, Michelin’s Airless Wheel-2024

The days of wrestling with the spare wheel on the hard shoulder whilst rain pounds and the kids scream in the back of the car cause, “We’re not there yet” could soon be history.

Michelin and General Motors have presented the first iteration of the Uptis “Unique Punctureproof Tyre System”, which is expected for launch in 2024 of passanger vehicles.

The tyre is due to be released on the Chevrolet Bolt EV and similar models later this year and will begin testing in Michigan.

This has been a while in development, having started in 2014 with the first concept convincing investors to place $50 million into the project.

“Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream. Through work with strategic partners like GM, who share our ambitions for transforming mobility, we can seize the future today.” – Florent Menegaux, CEO, Michelin Group

Prototypes of the Uptis are engineered for today’s passenger vehicles, however it will also be suitable for the emerging market changes such as autonomous vehicles.

The structure of the fins within the tyre wall are able to bear the cars weight at high speed.

This would be a fantastic move in the right direction for a more eco friendly tyre, as at present 200 million tyres are scrapped per year prematurely due to damage.

We are really looking forward to seeing these on the roads, what do you think?

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