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Protean Demonstrates That Its Electric Motors Can Drive an F150 From the Wheels

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On April 20, 2011 @ 9:47 am In automotive,Green Transportation | 2 Comments

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Protean Electric [2] came to the 2011 SAE World Congress [3] 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 [4] existing gas-powered vehicles or to power an electric vehicle [5] 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 [4]. 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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Via AutoBlog Green [7]


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[2] Protean Electric: http://www.proteanelectric.com/

[3] 2011 SAE World Congress: http://inhabitat.com/sae-world-congress-goes-green-alternative-fuels-ev-tech-award-for-chevy-volt/

[4] hybridize: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=hybrid

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[7] AutoBlog Green: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/04/19/sae-2011-protean-electrics-in-wheel-motors/

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