The Protean guys recently got more funding.
Protean 'Inside-Out' Wheel Motor Design: A Company To Watch?
Protean Electric snags $84 million to produce in-wheel motors in China
I don't see no room for brake discs?
So when are these going to be put on a Model S so we can see how the performance differs? Still feel like the huge increase in unsprung weight is going to be a big detractor.
This all is already done by Schaeffler group from Herzogenaurach. Ready for production.
Apparently Protean got an award.
Protean's In-wheel motors named Car And Driver's "Most Promising Technology" - ABG
Some reasonable comments in that article.
Again, I really don't see any significant advantages here over inboard motors for conventional. They only seem useful to me in more extreme designs that require the wheels to turn near 90 degrees (about the vertical axis), or have he occupants sitting between the wheels.
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