Sustainability is the hot concept in today’s society for just about every topic. And, it’s true for the automotive industry as well. The best tires you could choose for your vehicle yesterday may not be the ideal ones you could choose tomorrow. Michelin, partnering with General Motors, is giving us a peek into new tire technology that will completely change how we look at them.
Tire maintenance today
As things stand right now, every car has tires that require proper pressure and occasional rotation and/or replacement. When they need to be changed, other services are required, such as wheel alignment and suspension services. For now, these services are a vitally important aspect of your vehicle’s regular maintenance.
Could THESE be the best tires of tomorrow?
The new Uptis tires (Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System), set to come out as early as 2024, are changing the status quo. They build on Michelin’s Tweel tire, which is currently used for commercial purposes. Unlike the Tweel, however, Uptis tires are made entirely out of rubber and are supported with fiberglass and resin.
Potential benefits of Uptis tires
Uptis tires offer tremendous benefits to motorists. First, as the name includes, they are puncture-proof. This means no more flats! This feature is extremely convenient. It also increases safety since drivers will no longer have to pull over on busy streets or highways to change a tire. Consequently, there is no need for a spare, jack, or pressure monitoring equipment, creating less weight and cost for automakers.
Furthermore, Uptis tires are designed to never need to be replaced. When they wear out, a fresh layer of rubber can be applied and you’re good to go. Also, based on their actual physical design, they promote improved handling and are incredibly quiet. Not to mention, small-scale testing shows that there is no problem with snow, ice, or mud getting stuck in the grooves, which was an initial concern.
As if all these benefits weren’t enough, current sources say that the Uptis version won’t cost more than a standard run-flat. That’s roughly $40-$65 above regularly priced tires. Given the benefits and how long they’ll last, that seems like a generous price tag.
While we will still have to wait a few years for the best tires of tomorrow, they will be well worth it. In the meantime, We Fix It is here to care for your current needs so that you can safely and confidently keep driving on the tires of today.