Protean Electric to launch revolutionary weight-saving in-wheel technology this year

PIONEERING in-wheel electric motor technology is to due to enter production later this year.


Protean Electric will be launching the innovative technology this year

The Protean Drive is set to revolutionise the electric car industry, by saving space and weight in the design.

The system, which has been in development for the past eight years, produces 81kW (109bhp) and 1250Nm, meaning a two-wheel-drive electric vehicle could produce power and torque of up to 160kW (214bhp) and 2500Nm

The new innovative motor design also eliminates the need for transmissions and driveshafts, which frees up space in the centre of the car. Cabling is also minimised.

“There are a number of different applications for it,” Protean’s Gabriel Donaldson told Autocar.

“It can be used for two-wheel-drive EVs, to hybridise an existing vehicle or to convert a two-wheel-drive vehicle to four-wheel drive.”

He added that a pair of motors, at 72kg, weighs 30kg less than standard electric drivetrains.

The Protean Drive can be produced to fit wheel sizes from 14in to more than 20in. It is currently in pre-production and will be built in China, initially at the rate of five to ten units a week.

However the technology is not cheap. Despite the benefits that come with it, the Drive is priced higher than a conventional electric motor, but Donaldson says work is being done to lower costs as much as possible.


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