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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.”

Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, General Motors, adds: “General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology. Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.”

 

Michelin Prototype Tire Testing At Gm Milford

Michelin says approximately 200 million tires worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear.

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