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Michelin, GM to forge ahead with airless tire/wheel concept as OE option

Michelin, GM to forge ahead with airless tire/wheel concept as OE option

Written by David

June 5, 2019

Eric Vinesse, Michelin executive vice president, research and development, shares the advantages to Uptis at Movin’On in Montreal. MONTREAL—Michelin, in partnership with General Motors Co., is taking its development of a maintenance-free, non-pneumatic tire to the next level with the “Uptis” prototype that the two companies said could be market ready as an original equipment fitment by 2024. Michelin and GM presented the next-generation airless tire/wheel concept during the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility, under way in Montreal through June 6. Uptis—Unique Punctureproof Tire System—is based on the fundamentals of Michelin’s Tweel tire/wheel product, introduced at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, according to Eric Vinesse, Michelin executive vice president, research and development. Like the Tweel, the Uptis uses resin-reinforced fiberglass spokes as load-bearing elements. The wheel hub is integrated and the rubber tread is molded onto the circular platform that attaches to the end of the spokes. “Uptis represents […]

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