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Michelin introduces airless prototype tyre for last-mile delivery

With urban mobility and last-mile delivery key to sustainable solutions in the future, Michelin is introducing a prototype of its Michelin X Tweel airless radial tyre for eCargo trikes.

A Michelin X Tweel airless radial tyre is a single unit that replaces the current tyre and wheel assembly. There is no need for complex mounting equipment, and once they are bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain.

According to Michelin, the unique energy transfer within the poly-resin spokes helps reduce the “bounce” associated with pneumatic tyres, while providing leading handling characteristics.

The product is designed to perform like a pneumatic tyre, without the inconvenience and downtime caused by flat tyres. This is expected to eliminate late deliveries and costly repairs.

Tony Marconi, Tweel business director said: “Michelin is committed to innovation to solve tomorrow’s challenges in this complex and demanding market.

“We aspire to be the leader of sustainable solutions for urban fleets and know the most costly step of logistics is often the last-mile delivery.

“Our innovative Tweel has solved challenges in other segments where flat tyres are an issue. We are looking to get ahead of these obstacles in the urban mobility area and aim to deliver the best solution possible for customers to maximise uptime and minimise issues.”