In-wheel motors provide improved economic performance and are also reliable with power supply flow straight form motor to wheel. Factors such as simple installation, silent operation and better vehicle control makes in-wheel motors system significantly beneficial over conventional vehicles. The retrofitting ability of converting any conventional petrol or diesel into electric vehicle (EV) without any modifications in the vehicle dives in growing possibilities for the increasing demand supply of in-wheel motors.
New Retro-Looking and Light-Weight Electric Vehicle Integrates In-Wheel Hub Motors
MW Motors, a start-up in Czech Republic recently launched an all-new retro-looking and light-weight all-electric vehicle along with integration of in-wheel motors. Even though usage of in-wheel hub motors is not a new concept, automakers are yet to implement the same on a broader aspect. The latest version of ‘Luka EV’ utilizes four in-wheel motors delivering nearly 4 x 12, 5 kW for overall output of approximately 50 kW. The in-wheel motors has been powered by 21.9 kWh battery pack, which according to the company is enough for 186miles (300km) range. The new car is an impressively low-weight vehicle with integration of modern car features.
Strategic Collaboration Enables Development of In-Wheel Electric Propulsion
Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd., a leading technology firm, supplier and developer of in-wheel electric propulsion in Slovenia, meant for the hybrid and battery-electric vehicles lately launched an innovative in-wheel electric motor in collaboration with Brembo S.p.A (firm that delivers brakes for Tesla). This new development is expected to be an integral part of the operational L5e demonstrator vehicle. This new technology is anticipated to be industrialized with the best possible production commencing as early as 2020.
The Elaphe – Brembo collaboration has resulted in an air-cooled and modular in-wheel electric motor that pumps out astonishing direct-drive torque 256Nm, offering nearly 25 kW power per wheel. The advanced aluminium caliper incorporated in the stator of the all-new in-wheel electric motor enables in attaining superior motor compactness. The L5e demonstrator vehicle is recharged with the help of highly-effective regenerative braking. The main focus of this development is on various L-class vehicles, thereby utilizing the modular components for maintaining utmost cross-platform functionality as well as reduction in production costs.
New Weight-Saving Technology Transforms Electric Vehicles
Protean Electric, a firm focused on development of motors in U.S. lately introduced a ground-breaking in-wheel electric motor, meant for transforming electric vehicles. The company developed Protean Drive system that helps in saving space and weight, thereby making it easier for manufacturers in developing electric vehicles. This technology is exclusively applicable for the two-wheel drive electric vehicles, in order to hybridize existing vehicles and converting two-wheel drive vehicles into four-wheel drive vehicles. Protean Drive comprises of self-contained ‘smart actuator’, which is inclusive of a permanent magnet as well as synchronous electric motor, along with the electronics required to make it function. With the help of such self-contained in-wheel motors, elimination of driveshafts and transmissions takes place. It also helps in freeing space in center of the vehicle between driven wheels.