Chevrolet airless tires may be on the way for your next ride if Michelin and GM follow through and further UPTIS (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) from prototype to production. In 2018, Popular Mechanics stated that automobiles produced 246 million waste tires in the United States alone. GM states that their new development with Michelin would virtually eliminate flat tires and blowouts – which would likely satisfy anyone who’s ever changed a tire on a highway… while also reducing waste and raw materials. GM/Michelin believe UPTIS will also help tires last longer due to less wear and tear caused by inflation issues.
UPTIS stands for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System. UPTIS’s airless technology makes its impervious to flats and blowouts. Uptis is an assembled airless wheel structure technology made accessible to passenger vehicles, which offers many advantages : – Car drivers feel safe and secure on the road since the dangers of flat tires and blowouts are eliminated.
Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology, the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System”), at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility today. GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.
General Motors on Tuesday said it will test a prototype airless tire from Michelin.
The prototype is called the Uptis, short for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System, and GM plans to test them on a fleet of Chevrolet Volt EVs, with a view to making them available as early as 2024.
Airless tires, often called tweels, are nothing new. Michelin has been developing them for over a decade and already offers them for some commercial vehicles. Another company offering airless tires is America’s Polaris, which has one designed for off-road applications.
Airless tires feature a conventional tire tread wrapped around a resin spoke that can compress to absorb impacts. The design eliminates the worry of flats and blowouts, which in turn reduces the use of raw materials and waste. The airless tires also last longer than conventional pneumatic tires, since they also eliminate irregular wear and tear caused by tires with too much air or too little.
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General Motors on Tuesday said it will test a prototype airless tire from Michelin. The prototype is called the Uptis, short for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System, and GM plans to test them on a fleet of Chevrolet Volt EVs, with a view to making them available as early as 2024.
Michelin and GM want to run airless tires in five years
Michelin and General Motors revealed a new airless tire prototype early June, which they say will potentially go into production in 2024.
The two companies announced a joint research agreement June 4, under which GM will test the tire under real-world conditions at its facility in Michigan, using a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars.
Michelin said the airless Uptis will help driver to feel safer, eliminate issues caused by low tire pressure, and create environmental savings through the reduced use of raw materials for replacement and spare tires.
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Michelin and General Motors revealed a new airless tire prototype early June, which they say will potentially go into production in 2024. Call the Michelin Uptis, for “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System,” the new tire builds on the company’s all-in-one Tweel, and its 3D-printed Vision concept tire.
General Motors plans to give car buyers an airless tire on vehicles starting in 2024. The automaker is teaming with Michelin and this week introduced the Michelin Uptis prototype at the Movin’ On Summit for sustainability in Montreal. Uptis stands for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System, GM said.