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EVS29: Wireless in-wheel motors could lead to EVs without batteries

Let's get all future-y on this one.

The University of Tokyo is working on in-wheel motors that get their energy through wireless induction charging, which hints at one amazing EV future.

SIM-Drive's latest wheel-motored prototype is a sporty coupe

In Japan, it seems the fourth time's a charm. Meet SIM-HAL, the latest prototype from SIM-Drive and its partners. Like its three predecessors – the SIM-LEI, SIM-WIL, and Domenick Yoney

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VW, Protean will work together on in-wheel motors

Protean Electric has reached an agreement for its all-electric in-wheel mot

Evans Electric unveils monster in-wheel motor Down Under

Egg cookery is slow cookery, or so says my Mom. Apparently it shares this trait with in-wheel electric motor cookery. We first told you about a certain in-wheel motor under development back in 2010 which, at the time, had been already been in the frying pan for three years. Fast forward to now and voilà! It's done. At least, close enough to be put on display for the fir

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Protean 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.

Sim-CEL has Tesla-quick performance, lasers for high beams

Sim-Drive continues to move towards its goal of evolving the gloriously fantastical all-electric eight-wheeled Eliica into a mass-produced passenger vehicle by 2015. Introducing the SIM-CEL (Cool Energy Link), the third iteration in the Sim series of prototypes.

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Catavolt brings electric motorcycle battle to Australian streets [w/video]

The Catavolt team has been developing its unique electric motorcycle drivetrain whilst duking it out on racetracks Down Under in the eFX/TTXGP championship for the past couple years. Now, they are bringing the battle to the Australian streets, announcing that the first Catavolt S6 street bike has found a home.

Protean 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 Domenick Yoney

SAE 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 Frankfur

New SIM-WIL electric prototype has 218 mile range, in-wheel motors [w/video]

With plans to bring an electric vehicle to market by 2014, Sim-Drive is closing in on a final design for its aerodynamic, in-wheel-motored passenger car. Looking a little less Star Wars-inspired than the previous SIM-LEI prototype, the new SIM-WIL has now been revealed and is said to have a range of 218 miles on the JC-08 cycle.

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The Sim-Lei is an EV approved for use on the Death Star

Looking for all the world like an elongated Mitsubishi i MiEV that a Stormtrooper would drive, the SIM-LEI recently made an appearance at the 2011 Electric Vehicle Industrial Exhibition in Tokyo. It's been a while since we first caught wind of the SIM-LEI and we've been curious to get a better look at this super-effic

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Suzuki e-Let's electric scooter coming to Japan, Panasonic supplies drivetrain

Suzuki has been testing its e-Let's electric scooter around its hometown of Hamamatsu for the past year and is now ready to send it out into the real world. Or, at least, the Japanese portion of the real world. While it doesn't have the kind of range that would prompt you to pen a letter home – 30kms (18.6 miles)

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

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

EnerTrac hub motors Catavolt into electric motorcycle racing big time

Australia's Team Catavolt have lofted their slouch hats into the eFX / TTXGP electric motorcycle road racing ring in an intriguing announcement. Not only is the move

Super wheel motor from stealthy Australians soon to surface?

Evans Electric disc-type axial flux in-wheel motor – Click above to watch a video after the break

What are in-wheel motors?

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

Paris 2008: Heuliez, Michelin and Orange wrap a revolution in a plain package

French coachbuilder Heuliez, along with Michelin and Orange™, have brought with them to the 2008 Paris Motor Show a most unremarkable-looking car. (My apologies to fans of the Opel Agila) And that's the point. The WILL (pictured above) is meant to seem "familiar and friendly" even though its makers believe it is the embod