The Uptis tyre is coming – here’s what you need to know

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Michelin and GM have announced a joint research agreement which will see the companies work to validate the Uptis prototype, with the goal of introducing the tyre on passenger models such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV as early as 2024.

Because Uptis is airless, the wheel assembly eliminates the risk of flat tyres and blowouts, which aids driver safety and confidence, as well as reducing vehicle fleet downtime and maintenance costs, and reducing the use of raw materials for replacement tire and spare tire production. Later this year, the companies will initiate real-world testing of Uptis on a test fleet of Bolt EV vehicles in Michigan, USA.

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