Michelin is today the only manufacturer to provide tyres for the fuel-cell vehicles developed by Green GT. However, the scope of this technologically-advanced partnership between the high-performance clean-car specialist and the Clermont-Ferrand based mobility expert extends well beyond that.
In purely tyre terms, the joint-programme involving Michelin and Green GT began in March, just prior to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. In reality, though, Michelin has been involved in the development of the Green GT H2 and H2 Speed for much longer than that, through Symbio FCell.
Since the Michelin brand was founded in 1889, Michelin has always played an avant-garde role in the automotive industry. In 1996, four years after the launch of the first tyre to contribute to enhanced fuel economy, namely the MICHELIN Energy MXN, the visionary François Michelin decided to open a research centre dedicated entirely to mobility. Two years later, the first Michelin Challenge Bibendum was organised. This event enjoys a truly global reach and brings to together the chief stakeholders in the world of sustainable mobility. That inaugural event was followed by several more across the planet, with a special focus on fuel cells on which the Group has been working since the Noughties.
In the spirit of a start-up
At the end of 2013, Michelin Group President Jean-Dominique Senard set up an incubator within the company’s organisation with a view to providing a home for start-ups which also benefited from financial support from the Group in order to help them to off the ground. To favour their growth, Michelin takes a share of these companies, with Symbio FCell being a perfect illustration.
It is by being visionary in this way, by investing and by playing a participative role that Michelin Group has helped to take mobility forward for 127 years, with the accent on innovation and technologies which deliver genuine added value.