Michelin Tires in partnership with General Motors have announced that we may see airless, pressure-free tires by 2024. The product, called Uptis tires was announced at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility this week.
Uptis takes the Tweel airless tire that's already available on commercial vehicles and applies it to a consumer use. Instead of relying on air pressure, the internal composite structure of the Uptis provides all the support the tread needs.
The benefit? Michelin says not only does it stop blow outs, but it reduces abnormal wear thanks to improperly inflated tires. This could provide a major reduction in the 200 million tires scrapped every year prematurely due to damage, thus improving sustainability.
The first test application will be the Chevrolet Bolt EV. If all goes according to plan, Michelin and GM hope to have these tires on the road for select GM models in the next five years.