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Electric Motors: Moving from Under the Hood to Inside the Wheel

U.K. supplier says in-wheel motor is more efficient, reduces weight.

by on Aug.17, 2010

The Protean Ford F-150 concept uses electric motors inside the wheels to power the truck.

The power used to drive any vehicle eventually finds its way to the wheels, so maybe it makes sense to put the motors there.

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That’s the thinking of Protean Electric, a new company that has developed electric motors that are installed in a vehicle’s wheels.

The U.S. arm of United Kingdom-based company has developed a Ford F-150 that uses the technology. For the F-150, Protean removed the truck’s V-8 motor and installed bright green Protean Drive electric motors inside the wheels where the brakes normally reside.