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Protean Wheel Motors for VW-FAW

December 16, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘All-New Rear-Wheel Drivetrain’ for a Battery EV Based on the Bora

Michigan’s Protean Electric has disclosed a partnership with China’s FAW-Volkswagen Automotive to supply its Protean Drive wheel motors for a new battery electric vehicle.

Bora-via-Protean“FAW-VW will create an all-new rear-wheel drivetrain for a pure electric vehicle based on the new Bora compact sedan, utilizing two Protean in-wheel motors,” Protean says.

Work is well underway, Protean says. Bench testing, engineering calibration and on site application support is expected to be completed within a year.

Protean Electric says it will assist FAW-VW in the development of safety and vehicle controls that can be applied to additional vehicle programs.

‘Torque and Packaging Freedoms’

“This is a two-phase project that will capitalize on the torque and packaging freedoms that Protean Drive can bring to an automaker,” Protean Holdings CEO Kwok-yin Chan said in a release. “Our technology will return the space to the new Bora vehicle platform that was formerly occupied by an in-board motor and powertrain,” he said.

Protean’s production in-wheel motor.

Protean’s production in-wheel motor.

The 75-kilowatt/100 horsepower (peak) wheel motors are located “in the space behind the wheel,” Protean says, “producing torque and power exactly where and when drivers need it.” Protean claims the highest torque and power density – the motors weigh just 75 pounds (34 kilograms) each – of any leading electric propulsion system.

“Each in-wheel motor comes with its own power and control electronics packaged inside the motor, which communicates with the vehicle by utilizing a common vehicle control system.”

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Source: Protean Electric with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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