Airless tyre can make our life easier as we can enjoy rides without worrying about a puncture. The good news is that we will soon get airless tires in passenger cars. GM and Michelin have recently revealed a prototype of Uptis (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) which is developed by Michelin for passenger cars. You might have heard about previous air-free projects, but this one is different as it adopts composite rubber and resin installed fibreglass which will provide accurate speed as well.
The upcoming Michelin tires are claimed to be comfortable and perfect for highway drives. The new tire concept is moreover improved variant of the Tweel, which is an airless concept by Michelin that was under research for the last 15 years. Although, there were certain complains regarding the research like noisy drives and too much vibration. Favourably, the new conventional designs have defeated all these problems faced in the earlier version.
The development of airless tires will decrease the practice of raw materials, power for making, and emissions associated with the assembling of additional and replacement tires. The new invention will come with many benefits such as cars will be lighter compared to standard vehicles and offer good speed on road. Moreover, the Airless Uptis prototype will remove the uncertainty of punctured tires and unexpected blowouts. In terms of weight, Uptis weights approx 22.5 kg (49.6 lb).
Michelin’s Vision concept is constructed with a combination of Airless design, Connected construction, 3D-printed prototype and a 100 per cent sustainable stock. It aims at producing comfortable drives and driving in all type of road. The customers don’t have to invest in the maintenance of these new airless tires. GM has also announced that they will soon commence the testing of Uptis in Michigan this year. It will be tested on a line of Chevy Bolts and the production version is assumed to be introduced later in 2024. The specific models which will adopt these airless tires are not yet revealed.
According to Eric Vinesse, Executive Vice-President, Research and Development, Group Michelin, “The Uptis Prototype demonstrates Michelin’s capacity for innovation — in both the mastery of these high-tech materials and also the development approach in close collaboration with GM, which validates our Vision concept as a roadmap for innovation. Uptis represents progress toward Michelin’s vision for tomorrow’s mobility and also embodies our commitment to better, sustainable mobility for all.”
Steve Kiefer, Senior Vice-President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors said, “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.”
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