Michelin and General Motors (GM) have announced a joint agreement to validate a revolutionary mobility solution called Uptis (Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System).
Michelin’s Uptis is an airless tire solution for passenger vehicles that eliminates the risk of flat tires and blowouts caused by punctures or road hazards.
The Uptis prototype was recently presented at the ‘Movin’On Summit for Sustainable Mobility,’ and could very well feature in GM models as early as 2024.
Both companies have already begun testing the Uptis prototype on some GM vehicles and will soon initiate real-world testing on a fleet of Bolt EV vehicles in Michigan.
Uptis is airless, and this ensures that drivers of passenger vehicles feel safer on the road.
It also helps operators of passenger vehicle fleets minimize downtime and improve efficiency resulting from flat tires and near-zero levels of maintenance.
Another major advantage is that Uptis offers extraordinary environmental savings through reduced use of raw materials for replacement tire or spare tire production.
The Uptis Prototype represents an important advancement toward achieving Michelin’s VISION concept that rests on four main pillars of innovation: Airless, connected, 3D printed and 100% sustainable.
According to Michelin, the Uptis Prototype is well suited for all emerging forms of mobility – whether it be autonomous, all-electric, shared service or other applications.
The airless mobility solution features ground-breaking improvements in architecture and composite materials, enabling the Uptis to bear the car’s weight at road-going speeds.
It also eliminates compressed air to support the vehicle’s load, and results in extraordinary environmental savings.
According to Michelin, approximately 200 million tires worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear.
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