and General Motors have presented a new generation of airless wheel technology
for passenger vehicles — the Michelin Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Puncture
proof Tire System”) — at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility.
and GM also announced a joint research agreement under which the companies
intend to validate the Uptis Prototype with the goal of introducing Uptis on
passenger models as early as 2024. Michelin and GM are testing the Uptis
Prototype, beginning with vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Later this year,
the companies will initiate real-world testing of Uptis on a test fleet of Bolt
EV vehicles in Michigan.
Uptis is airless, the breakthrough wheel assembly eliminates the dangerous risk
of flat tyres and blowouts:
Drivers of passenger vehicles feel safer on the road.
Operators of passenger vehicle fleets minimize downtime and improve efficiency
resulting from flat tyres and near-zero levels of maintenance.
Society at large benefits from extraordinary environmental savings through
reduced use of raw materials for replacement tire or spare tire production.
Uptis Prototype represents a major advancement toward achieving Michelin’s
VISION concept, which was presented at the Movin’On Summit in 2017 as an
illustration of Michelin’s strategy for research and development in sustainable
mobility. The VISION concept introduced four main pillars of innovation:
airless, connected, 3D-printed and 100% sustainable (entirely renewable or
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