General Motors (GM) presented a new generation of airless wheel technology for passenger vehicles called the Michelin Uptis Prototype.
The firm announced that the design which underwent development for the best part of two decades would require zero maintenance. The so-called Uptis tyre unique puncture-proof tyre system is made from resin embedded fibreglass and an aluminium wheel.
The technology requires up to 50 patents to be protected; its creators claim it can replicate the performance of current tyres while also being better for the environment, longer lasting and cheaper.
The company reported that it inked a joint research agreement under which they intend to validate the Uptis Prototype with the goal of introducing Uptis on passenger models by 2024.
It is being tested on vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Because the Uptis is airless, this wheel assembly eliminates the risk of flat tyres and blowouts.