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12VW, Protean will work together on in-wheel motors

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.

AddProtean Electric shows off production-ready in-wheel electric-drive system

Protean Electric is ready for the rubber to hit the road for its in-wheel electric-drive system. With one of those systems powering those tires, of course.

39Protean's In-wheel motors named Car And Driver's "Most Promising Technology"

Protean Electric has received noteworthy praise for its unique in-wheel electric drive propulsion system. Car and Driver named it one of the 10 Most Promising Technologies for 2013. This ranking accompanies the publication's 10 Best Cars Celebration, which has existed for more than three decades in the world's largest auto enthusiast magazine.

81Protean Electric snags $84 million to produce in-wheel motors in China

It looks like the company that first got us excited about modern in-wheel motors is finally going forward with commercialization. To paraphrase (poorly) a certain Mr. Sam Cooke, "It's been a long, a long time coming, but I know a Protean Electric Drive™ gonna come. Oh yes, it will."

17SAE Congress: Protean Brabus Mercedes-Benz E-Class hybrid previews the future *UPDATE

Protean is back at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress at Cobo Hall this year with a new car showcasing the company's in-wheel motors: a modified Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The car was first seen in Frankfurt last year, and is making its North American debut this week in Detroit.

4Brabus reveals prototype High Performance 4WD Full Electric E-Class

The German aftermarket specialists at Brabus have entered the eco battle with the unveiling of a prototype EV based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Rather than extracting more power out of the E-Class' gasoline engine, Brabus decided to rip out the gasser and replace it with electric-only hardware.

4Protean in-wheel electric motors increase Vauxhall Vivaro's efficiency by 300%

Protean Electric claims its in-wheel motors, when installed in a diesel Vauxhall Vivaro, boosted the van's fuel economy by some 300 percent (!) in European drive-cycle tests.

3SAE 2011: Rolling with Protean Electric's in-wheel motors

Ford F-150 with Protean In-Wheel Motors – Click above for high-res image gallery

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