Protean Electric has reached an agreement for its all-electric in-wheel motors to go in some of Volkswagen's vehicles. Sadly, they're not going into the Bug or Vanagon.
Have you ever thought that putting motors inside the wheels of a vehicle may a more elegant way of providing propulsion? It would certainly eliminate a number of energy-robbing parts; transmission, driveshafts, differentials and make the drivetrain more modular and provide additional space for other energy storage/creation devices. Like so many things, in-wheel motors have already been done, but technology and our ability to integrate them into wheels has changed a lot since the first in-wheel m
Ingo Valentin was interviewed on local news station WISN recently about his 130 MPG Ingo Car. The car uses in-wheel motors that run on fluid pressurized from a small on-board gas motor. Ingo hopes the car will win the X-Prize so he will get the funding needed to get the car into production. The car has interesting features like regenerative breaking, but I am not too sure about the bumpers that store energy if there is an accident. The use of pressurized fluids seems to be an emerging and clean