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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-4-2019 GM has developed a partnership with Michelin to develop airless tire and wheel technology. GM plans to begin testing the Michelin “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System,” dubbed Uptis, on a fleet of Chevy Bolts this year. Furthermore, GM says that it will be ready to begin volume sales by 2024. “General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.” This technology has been around for a decade and is used on some commercial construction vehicles, like Bobcats. GM sees the following benefits to the technology: -Reduces the number of punctured or damaged tires that are scrapped before reaching the end of their life cycle. -Reduces the use of raw materials, energy for production and emissions linked to the manufacture of spare tires and replacement tires that are no longer required. -Lasts longer by eliminating irregular wear and tear caused by over- or under-inflation. -Reduces dangers related to flats and blowouts. Are we crazy, or dies this technology look perfect for off-roading?
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