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    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 SIM-CEL – this all-electric vehicle is a rolling exercise in efficiency and performance that depends upon a motor ...

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    Official: VW, 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. The compact-sedan VW Bora (which is similar to a Jetta, older version pictured above) is the platform that gets the honor of ...

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    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 ...

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    Official: Ford shows off Fiesta with in-wheel motors in Belgium

    Ford is looking to find ways for more folks to drive sideways, and we're not talking "Tokyo Drift" variety. The US automaker is working with Germany-based Schaeffler at developing in-wheel motors and is showing off a concept version of a modified Fiesta in Belgium this week. Ford's eWheelDrive ...

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    Official: 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. The Michigan-based company, which last year secured an $84-million funding round, is showing off the production version of its ...

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    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. At first blush, this latest ...

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    Two Wheels: 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 ...

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    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 Mr. Sam Cooke, "It's been a long, a long time coming, but I know a Protean Electric Drive™ gonna come. Oh yes, it ...

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    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 Frankfurt last year, and is making its North American debut this week in ...

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    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 ...

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    Video: 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 ...

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    Two Wheels: 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 ...

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

    Protean Electric has been out promoting its in-wheel motors for a while, and if the company gets its way, the tide will finally turn towards the end of 2012. That's when the long process of developing and testing the compact wheel-turners – they weigh just 31 kilograms/68 pounds each but ...

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    SIM-LEI electric prototype manages 207 miles (!) on Japan's JCO8 test cycle

    Sim-Drive has unveiled its Advance Development Model No. 1. Nicknamed "SIM-LEI," (LEI being an acronym for leading efficiency in-wheel motor) the electric prototype has exceeded the target of at least 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range on a single charge. How far can it go? 333 km (207 miles), ...

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    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 a radical change from their usual land-speed-records-on-salt-flats activity, the EnerTrac Corp. motor for this new racing machine ...

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    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
    Are we soon to witness an all-electric, compact four-door sedan rocket from 0-60 miles an hour in a jaw-dropping sub-three second flash? If Australian start-up Evans Electric has the goods it ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    ZAP gets CARB rebates and an in-wheel motor company

    Things may be looking up for the somewhat controversial electric vehicle company "ZAP" since Mr Al Yousuf took control of the company the other day. Just after the change at the top happened, the California Air Resource Board added two ZAP models to their list of vehicles eligible for a rebate. ...


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