Michelin Uptis will make puncture-proof and airless tires a reality


The Michelin Uptis airless tire, which was unveiled as a prototype two years ago, is now in road testing with a view to being put on the market in 2024. While avoiding punctures, this technology promises to be safer on the road.

Uptis – which stands for “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System” is an airless tire that eliminates any risk of punctures. Compared to a conventional tire, the air is completely eliminated in favor of a completely new structure in patented composite materials.

At the last IAA Mobility show in Munich, the tire was demonstrated on a Mini Electric, the idea being to test this tire intensively with a view to marketing it in the future. It is now scheduled for 2024, probably with General Motors, partner of the French manufacturer in this project.

With Michelin Uptis tires, the aim is to make driving safer and reduce raw material waste. Every year, some 200 million tires around the world are prematurely scrapped due to a puncture or wear due to poor tire pressure. Michelin’s ambition is to recycle each end-of-life tire one day. To this end, a first recycling plant is currently under construction in Chile and is expected to recycle around 30,000 tonnes of tires per year from 2023.

(Photo courtesy of Michelin)

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