The MICHELIN Uptis airless technology removes any risk of punctures and the associated premature changing of tyres.
The MICHELIN Uptis Tyre will be fitted to 40 La Poste Vans in the Hauts-de-France Region
Three initial vehicles will be placed in service from June 27, within the framework of a two-year partnership between La Poste and Michelin, a first in France and Europe – following partnerships already formed in Asia.
The UPTIS prototype is a puncture-proof wheel/tyre assembly with no compressed air, intended for cars and light commercial vehicles. The compressed air has been replaced by a new structure capable of supporting the vehicle. This ensures the strength of the assembly and guarantees driving comfort and safety. This is an off-the-peg solution that allows users to drive with peace of mind, without worrying about road hazards.
Michelin’s main target market for the Uptis prototype is light commercial fleets intended for professional use, and particularly deliveries by van.
“We are particularly happy to collaborate with Michelin, whose know-how and innovations have been serving our mobility for more than a century,” stated Philippe Dorge, Deputy Managing Director of the La Poste Group in charge of the Services-Letters-Parcels branch.
“The MICHELIN Uptis tyre is a major innovation in the tyre sector and is a key step in the development of a fully sustainable tyre by 2050. It is the result of some fifty patents in terms of tyre structure and high-tech materials. It demonstrates Michelin’s capacity to innovate in favour of a safer mobility that is kinder to the environment.” declared Bruno De Feraudy, Director of OEM activities for the Michelin Group.