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GM and Michelin have partnered to co-develop the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System), a new airless wheel developed through a joint research agreement.

Innovation
through
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When we innovate new technologies and engineering breakthroughs, it’s more than likely we have a supplier at our side. A new airless wheel is the perfect example. Through a joint research agreement, GM and Michelin have partnered to co-develop the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System) with a goal to make the Uptis a mainstream reality on passenger vehicles as early as 2024. The partnership began testing the prototype on a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs in 2019. This collaborative innovation features airless wheels. The Uptis Prototype mitigates costly problems and unsafe conditions related to flats and blowouts. Additionally, the technology enables airless tires to last longer than standard ones. It also presents an opportunity for substantial reduction in raw materials, energy, emissions and waste related to tire manufacturing, use and repair. The airless wheel directly supports our vision of Zero Crashes, given that 20 percent of drivers annually suffer an air loss that causes crashes and large amounts of tire waste and congestion on roads. Over 99 percent of these issues will be eliminated with an airless wheel assembly.