GM and Michelin have unveiled Uptis (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) that will arrive on passenger cars by 2024. The tire is made from composite rubber and resin embedded fiberglass to let one operate it safely on highways, unlike earlier models (Tweel, etc.) that only worked at much lower speeds. “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,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. Read more for another video and additional information.
Airless technology makes the Uptis Prototype eliminate flats and blowouts, while offering significant potential for reducing the use of raw materials and waste, contributing to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Other benefits include reducing the number of punctured or damaged tires that are scrapped before reaching the end of their life cycle as well as the use of raw materials, energy for production and emissions linked to the manufacture of spare tires and replacement tires that are no longer required.