I have some exciting news for all you motor vehicle fanatics. I recently read on Detroit Free Press that General Motors is teaming with Michelin to give car buyers an airless tire on vehicles starting in 2024.
Meet the General Motors Airless Puncture-proof Tire
GM and Michelin introduced the Uptis prototype at the Movin’ On Summit for sustainability in Montreal.
According to General Motors, Uptis stands for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System.
General Motors will soon test out these incredible new tires on a Michigan test fleet of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars.
A spokesperson for General Motors said the carmaker and Michelin will evaluate the Uptis prototype for other GM vehicles to determine which other cars will eventually get them.
GM has made some very bold statements about how superior these tires are to regular tires. GM said that airless tires will not get flats or blowouts, resulting in less use of raw materials and waste.
General Motors has a vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. If theses tires can do all that while eliminating irregular wear and tear caused by over or under-inflation, then I’m already a huge fan.
I’m all about making the world a better place through innovation, creativity, and constant improvement.
This means that companies must find new and creative ways to conserve every bit of material they end up with. They must be repurposed or recycled as to not create waste.
Will GM be able to pull of such an incredible feat? Well to be fair, the bicycle world has already started to offer airless tires to its customers. So far, they’ve made huge progress and hopefully I’ll be able to put some on my Tern Link D8 folding bike.
I see no reason why the same technology won’t work on motor vehicles. Besides GM seems to be very confident with this new technology.
General Motors senior Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain made the following comments.
the Airless tire is a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our suppliers
General Motors said the price for this tire is not yet set, and will depend upon application and volume.