Meet Michelin Uptis: The Puncture-Proof Airless Tyre
Back in June 2019, Michelin introduced a new generation of airless tyres named Uptis. It stands for ‘Unique Puncture Proof Tire System’. Michelin has partnered with General Motors to road test the new airless tyre prototype on Chevy Bolt EV. This is indeed a revolutionary new tyre and is expected to be commercially available for passenger cars from the year 2024.
The puncture-proof tyre is based on the ‘Tweel’ concept developed by the company, which means that these airless tyres won’t be able to burst, leak pressure, or become flat. The company claims that this tyre could save 2 million tons of wasted material per year. The innovative technology makes this tyre safer, more efficient, and environmentally beneficial. The field tests for this tyre have already begun on the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Prototype for Michelin Uptis has been built using three materials. It has rubber for tread, a unique resin embedded fibreglass for the reinforcement, and aluminium for the wheel spokes. The improvements in architecture and composite materials enable the tyres to take the load-bearing stress with little efforts at high-speeds. The Uptis tyres are capable enough to handle the current production cars, and it is also fully compatible with future mobility solutions such as autonomous, electric, or shared mobility services.
The Michelin Uptis will decrease waste of tyres, and there will be no need for pressure control when they will hit the surface. The company says that its Uptis prototype represents a major step towards realizing its Vision concept. The Airless tyre technology not only benefits the owner of the vehicle but it will also be beneficial for the planet. The tyre uses less energy in production, will reduce the number of scrapped tyres due to puncture or damage, and it will also reduce wear and tear by a huge margin. As of now, Michelin has not announced the price structure for its Airless tyre.