Michelin Tweel Wheels in Practical Use

We first covered this innovative airless tire wheel technology from Michelin back in the Spring of 2010 and did an update article in November of 2014.  (https://citroenvie.com/michelin-talks-tweel-for-north-america/).  However, we had not seen it in practical use – until now. While recently travelling in Africa near the Mozambique border at Malawi, Citroënvie member Prakash Raja saw this poster as well as a set of Tweel wheels on a vehicle.

Raj thought to himself that it’s odd, as he recalled the stories we did on them but didn’t think that they had gone into production. A quick search on our end was a discovery that much to our surprise, Michelin now offers a whole range of Tweel for many applications, even golf carts: http://www.michelintweel.com/

One of the concerns we had for winter driving or in muddy conditions was what might accumulate in the support cavities making the wheels easily off-balance, but for slow vehicles such as construction vehicles, golf carts and lawn mowers, that does not pose a problem.  Plus they absorb bumps far more effectively than conventional tires as this video shows:

In construction applications, a flat tire can be a huge problem. They can’t afford the downtime and can easily justify the increased cost of Tweels. 

 

 

 

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