Michelin and GM are testing an airless wheel technology for passenger vehicles called the Uptis Prototype (or ‘Unique Punctureproof Tire System’). It was revealed at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal, Canada.
Michelin says the prototype eliminates the risk of flat tires and blowouts that result from punctures or road hazards.
The two companies will begin real-world testing on a fleet EVs in Michigan later this year.
Florent Menegaux, chief executive officer for Michelin Group, says: “Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream. Through work with strategic partners like GM, who share our ambitions for transforming mobility, we can seize the future today.”