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100-hp hub motors can be fit to any vehicle for as little as $1,500US though the issue of all that 'unsprung' mass will require major suspension system revisions.

Published: 31-Dec-2013

In 2012, Protean Electric—a Michigan-based company with $84 million in Chinese funding—announced it was reinventing the wheel, so to speak. The idea was to create in-wheel electric motors that would eliminate many traditional components—like axles—while freeing up the interior space normally occupied by the powertrain, allowing engineers more freedom in vehicular design.

It was a clever idea; one that required a willing OEM to help facilitate the concept. While Protean has created many development mules over the years as its technology evolves—like Brabus' hybrid-powered Mercedes and a Ford F-150 EV—an official partnership to bring its system to life has finally been announced:

Protean has inked a deal with FAW-Volkswagen, announcing plans to integrate its innovative in-wheel system into the brand's upcoming electric sedan.

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