The Michelin Uptis Prototype tire will undergo real world testing this year in collaboration with General Motors.

Many of us won’t get very far without tires. They aren’t just for cars but nearly everything with a wheel. The problem is as useful as tires are, they aren’t very good for the environment. It is a tough nut to crack. How do companies provide tires while reducing their environmental harm?

Michelin seems to have the answer. The Uptis prototype tire relies on a unique rigid structure rather than air. With no air, blow outs and punctures are a thing of the past. The Uptis can also potentially handle pot-holes a lot better than a traditional tire. A feature that is extremely welcomed here in LA.

If the Michelin prototype Uptis tire technology becomes widely adapted it can also help the environment in several ways. The tires will last longer which will reduce the need for tire production, they eliminate punctures which causes a pre-mature end to tire life, and reduces the use of raw materials that would otherwise go to making spare tires.

It is a lofty goal but one filled with optimism. Through Michelin’s partnership with GM, if their real world testing goes well, GM predicts that they will be using Michelin Uptis tires on their vehicles as soon as 2024.

For the tests, Michelin will use a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs. To get a glimpse of the Michelin Uptis prototype tire in action, check out the video below.

[Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors]