Protean Electric came to the 2011 SAE World Congress ready to prove that its in-wheel electric motors could power more than a mini city car. They brought an F150 kitted out with Protean’s motors and offered rides to prove to show attendees that electric in-wheel motors are a viable option for greening transportation. Because Protean’s motors fit into the wheels of a vehicle, they can either be used to hybridize existing gas-powered vehicles or to power an electric vehicle without the need for a gearbox, differential, or drive shafts, thereby reducing the weight of the vehicle and making it more efficient.

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Protean prefers to work with OEMs to electrify new vehicles, but these little motors will also easily convert existing vehicles into hybrids. When plugged into the F150, Protean’s motors produce top speeds of 100+ miles per hour with a 100-mile range, but when used to move a smaller car, such as Protean’s Volvo ReCharge, the motors produce a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 130 miles per hour.

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