Airless Tires Are Coming

Tire technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the last century. But now the next leap in tire technology is nearly here with airless tires. Imagine not having to worry about getting a nail or having the correct air pressures.

Michelin has been trying to develop airless tires for some time now but the technology wasn’t advanced enough in the past. Now with backing from GM, Michelin has developed a “production-ready” version of its Tweel tires with testing on a number of GM vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt.

Chevrolet bolt with Michelin tweel airless tires

With the new tires, punctures are a thing of the past. Not only that, but blowouts from hitting a pothole too hard and damaging the tire sidewall are also out of the equation. And another benefit is a prolonged life cycle due to proper wear.

Michelin claims that about 200 million tires are scrapped before their full use cycle due to wearing out early. This is caused by the aforementioned punctures, sidewall blowouts, and improper air pressures which causes a tire to wear unevenly.

With the help of GM, Michelin hopes to mass produce these types of tires by 2024.

Eagle Ridge GM – Coquitlam, British Columbia

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Chevrolet bolt with Michelin tweel airless tires