Michelin and GM team up to create the airless tyre

Date:25 May 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

The Uptis Prototype tyre (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) produced by Michelin and GM represents a major advancement toward achieving Michelin’s VISION concept, which was presented at the Movin’On Summit in 2017.

The VISION concept introduced by Michelin and GM includes four main pillars of innovation: airless, connected, 3D-printed and +100% sustainable (entirely renewable or bio-sourced materials) to reach a stage of sustainable mobility.

“Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, General Motors

Uptis tyres features ground-breaking improvements in architecture and composite materials, which enable Uptis to bear the car’s weight at road-going speeds. Because Uptis is airless, the breakthrough wheel assembly eliminates the dangerous risk of flat tyres and blowouts.

These innovations combine to eliminate compressed air to support the vehicle’s load, and result in extraordinary environmental savings. Approximately 200 million tyres worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear.

These advancements through the Uptis Prototype demonstrate Michelin’s and GM’s shared commitment to delivering safer, more sustainable mobility solutions.

“Uptis represents progress toward Michelin’s vision for tomorrow’s mobility, and also embodies our commitment to a better, sustainable mobility for all.” said Eric Vinesse, executive vice president, research and development, Group Michelin.

Take a look at the concept Uptis tyre below.

Image: Twitter/SBrinley


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