A few months ago, we introduced you to Michelin’s airless tire (see below). baptized “Michelin Uptis”this tire of the future was revealed for the first time in 2019. A few years later, it seems that this tire is becoming reality, in any case this is what the president of Michelin North America hinted. Nord in an interview with CNN.
Alexis Garcin said that the Michelin Uptis could be marketed in the next few years, at the launch of the new generation of the Chevrolet Bolt, an electric car marketed in Europe as the Opel Ampera-e. He estimates that “It’s going to happen in the next three to five years.”
With airless tires, say goodbye to punctures. As you can see from the pictures above, Michelin Uptis has no inner tube, instead it features stiff fiberglass sipes as well as tread. Besides this practical aspect, Michelin wants to fight in its own way against pollution because it is estimated that “20% of the tires produced each year are thrown away due to the deformation of the tread or the rapid loss of pressure”.
The boss of Michelin North America claims that the Michelin Uptis is fully recyclable and renewable. Moreover, it would be very easy to retread and reuse. Finally, this tire would be connected and allow the driver to know in real time the wear of the tread.
For the time being, we do not know at what price this tire will be sold in the trade. However, its introduction in the next generation Chevrolet Bolt shows that the Michelin Uptis will be relatively affordable and not reserved for luxury cars.
As CNN rightly points out, Michelin already sells airless tires called X Tweel, but which are only reserved for lawnmowers and construction machinery. Do you think airless tires will replace traditional air tires? The question remains open.