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MICHELIN, GM TAKE THE AIR OUT OF TIRES FOR PASSENGER VEHICLES

MICHELIN Uptis (Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System) is an airless mobility solution for passenger vehicles, which eliminates the dangerous risk of flat tires and blowouts that result from punctures or road hazards.

UPTIS IS THE FIRST OF A NEW GENERATION OF AIRLESS SOLUTIONS, SUPPORTED THROUGH: 1) INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY; 2) VALUED PARTNERSHIPS; AND 3) SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

  1. INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY Through Michelin’s expertise in high-tech materials, Uptis is a significant development in existing airless mobility technology. Uptis eliminates regular maintenance, such as pressure checks, and inspections for damage, such as punctures. This makes Uptis ideal for the vehicles of tomorrow, from self-driving shuttles to all-electric vehicles.
  2. VALUED PARTNERSHIPS General Motors, a major global OEM and valued partner to Michelin, has signed a joint research agreement as a co-development partner, with the breakthrough goal of making Uptis a mainstream reality on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.
  3. SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS Uptis’s revolutionary design and materials will yield massive sustainability benefits, such as reducing the number of tires that are condemned to scrap and reducing overall raw materials and energy used in tire production.
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Uptis is an assembled airless wheel structure technology made accessible to passenger vehicles, which offers many advantages.

  • Car drivers feel safe and secure on the road since the dangers of flat tires and blowouts are eliminated.
  • Fleet owners and professional vehicle drivers optimize their business productivity (no downtime from flats, near-zero levels of maintenance).
  • Raw material is reduced, which in turn reduces waste.

Revolutionary Design Yields Massive Benefits

Airless technology makes the Uptis prototype resistant to flats and blowouts. When applied to large-scale production, this characteristic means Uptis offers significant potential for reducing the use of raw materials and waste.

Wasted Tires
~20% tires scrapped each year due to punctures or irregular wear
Blowouts
12% due to blowouts
Irregular wear
8% due to irregular wear by improper tire pressure
Tires Scrapped
200 MILLION tires scrapped each year, the equivalent of the weight of 200 Eiffel Towers

Another Look At Our Vision Concept

In 2017 at Movin'On, Michelin unveiled its VISION concept tire to advance mobility through four main innovation pillars: Airless, Connected, 3-D printed or rechargeable tread pattern, and 100% sustainable (renewable or bio-sourced materials).

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