Forget having to fill up your car tires ever again. Airless tires are where it’s at. Soon you won’t have to worry about getting flat tires and filling them up to the proper pressure levels. The Uptis (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) is a line of airless tires that Michelin and GM have teamed up to launch on some consumer vehicles by 2024.
This new airless rubber tire is supported by flexible spokes. They can’t go flat, and will supposedly last longer than normal tires. This is in part due to the punishment a lot of regular tires suffer from under or over-inflating. Sure, they don’t look very stylish, but they will be a lot less hassle than air-filled tires.
The real question is how these tires will perform after being exposed to the weather for a few years. They will be in the hot baking sun, harsh winters, and wet climates. I guess we will find out soon how well these handle the weather. Also, those slots on the side are going to get caked with mud and other debris, so that might create another problem.
The first Michelin Uptis tires are expected roll out sometime before 2024 with the Chevrolet Bolt EV likely to be the first production vehicle to get them.