Michelin & GM to launch Airless, Puncture-proof tyres
New Delhi: Michelin and General Motors (GM) have announced to launch of airless and puncture-proof tyres by 2024. The announcement was made at the Movin’On Summit in Montréal.
The Summit is a conference dedicated to sustainable mobility. Michelin and General Motors together on June 4 announced their latest rendition of the airless tyre that’s puncture-proof, blow-out-proof and flat-proof.
Together with @Michelin, we are developing a new airless wheel technology, the Uptis Prototype. This will help to further reduce the use of raw materials and waste, furthering our vision for a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion. https://t.co/lwA2hGeRzk pic.twitter.com/gOJfkROvCO
— General Motors (@GM) June 4, 2019
The Michelin Uptis (“Unique Puncture-proof Tire System”) prototype is a successor of the Vision 3D-printed rubber tyres; like the previous generation, the airless technology used to create these tyres makes them more durable and longer-lasting since problems like flats, blowouts, and irregular wear due to over- or under-inflation are completely eliminated.
The Uptis tyre consists of a flexible spoke structure made from rubber and a patented, new resin-infused fibreglass reinforcement. The flexible ring is wrapped in a conventional tyre tread that could eventually be ‘recharged’ from worn, using 3D printing. Just like with a pneumatic tyre, the properties of both the tread and the structure can be tuned for different types of vehicles.
Michelin is targeting a 2024 production launch for the Uptis tire.