Michelin and General Motors have shown off a new generation of airless wheel technology, the Uptis Prototype (for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System), at the Movin'On Summit for sustainable mobility.
GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin and introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.
Later this year, GM will initiate real world testing and validation of the prototype on a Michigan test fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.
"General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology," said Steve Kiefer, GM's senior vice president, global purchasing and supply chain.
"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."
Airless technology makes the Uptis Prototype eliminate flats and blowouts. This offers significant potential for reducing the use of raw materials and waste as it reduces the number of punctured or damaged tyres that are scrapped before reaching the end of their life cycle, reduces the use of raw materials, energy for production and emissions linked to the manufacture of spare and replacement tyres that are no longer required, lasts longer by eliminating irregular wear and tear caused by over- or under-inflation and reduces dangers related to flats and blowouts.