Protean Electric just announced a partnership with FAW-VOLKSWAGEN to develop an all new electric propulsion system for electric cars based on the FAW-VW Bora compact sedan.
The system will of course include the latest generation of Protean Electric’s Protean Drive in-wheel motors shown earlier this year.
FORD F150 with Protean Electric motors
According to the press release, cooperation began several months ago and has two stages - demonstration vehicle program and production. The second stage was the Achilles heel of all in-wheel motor programs, because to date we don't see any series production of cars with such a drivetrain. Protean Electric alone has developed multiple vehicles with various global OEMs but all for demonstration purposes.
"This cooperation began several months ago and so all bench testing, engineering calibration and on site application support is expected to be completed within a year. Protean Electric will also assist FAW-VW in the development of safety and vehicle controls that can be applied to additional vehicle programs."
Protean-equipped Vauxhall Vivaro
The electric car from FAW-VOLKSWAGEN will get two Protean Drive motors for rear-wheels.
Kwok-yin Chan, CEO of Protean Holdings Corp. stated:
“Protean Electric is very pleased and honored to be working with FAW-VW. Our involvement with this prestigious automaker shows that Protean Electric is continuing to serve as a valuable resource for OEMs as they develop New Energy Vehicle programs. This is a two-phase project that will capitalize on the torque and packaging freedoms that Protean Drive™ can bring to an automaker. Our technology will return the space to the new Bora vehicle platform that was formerly occupied by an in-board motor and powertrain.”
Protean’s in-wheel motors features:
- 75 kW (100 hp) peak power
- Highest torque density of any of today’s leading electric drive systems
- Mass of only 34 kg (75 lbs.) per motor
- Power and control electronics packaged inside the motor
- Superior regenerative braking capabilities, which allow up to 85 percent of the available kinetic energy to be recovered during braking
- Fits within a conventional 18” road wheel