michelin uptis airless, puncture-proof tire debuts on MINI at IAA 2021

Sep 16, 2021

michelin — the company behind the chubby white tire man we all know and love —  together with general motors, is stretching out one plump arm towards the future with its new visionary tire concept. dubbed the michelin uptis prototype (or unique puncture-proof tire system), this new generation of wheel technology for passenger vehicles is completely airless. with a joint research agreement underway, the two mobility giants intend to validate the prototype as early as 2024.

at IAA 2021, uptis stays on track for 2024 as it takes its first spin in public on an electric MINI cooper SE.

all images courtesy of michelin

‘michelin’s strategy is focused on sustainable mobility. that’s why our ambition is to be using 100% sustainable materials in our tires by 2050. the VISION concept demonstrates michelin’s ability to meet this challenge and our commitment to offer products and services that are environmentally sound throughout their entire life cycle,‘ explains yves chapot, general manager of the michelin group, at the IAA in munich, germany.

the reinvented wheel, michelin uptis, is the first stop in the brand’s journey in using only sustainable materials in tires by 2050 aka VISION concept. the strategy looks to the circular economy – reduce, reuse, recycle and renew – for environmentally friendly mobility in the future.

the michelin uptis is an airless mobility solution for passenger vehicles, which eliminates the risk of flat tires and blowouts that result from punctures or road hazards. its airless technology minimizes regular maintenance such as pressure checks and inspections for damage. created with sustainability in mind, michelin uptis’ materials reduce the number of tires that are condemned to scrap while decreasing overall raw materials and energy used in tire production.

‘uptis demonstrates that michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream,’ concludes florent menegaux, chief executive officer for michelin group. ‘through work with strategic partners like GM, who share our ambitions for transforming mobility, we can seize the future today.’

it reduces the number of tires that are condemned to scrap while decreasing overall raw materials and energy used in tire production

the prototype aims for production in as early as 2024

project info:

name: michelin uptis airless tire

company: michelin and general motors

expected delivery date: 2024