Technology Project Hybrid with in-wheel Motors Could be the Next Big Thing
The Technology Project Hybrid by Mercedes-Benz is an E class sedan built by Brabus to use Protean Drive in-wheel electric motors. The car combines a 2.2-liter diesel engine with two in-wheel motors each producing 110 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This model can run from 0-62 mph in in 7.4 seconds, or from 37-75 mph in 5.6 seconds.
According to Protean Electric the cars in-wheel motors can boost fuel economy by as much as 30 percent in applications like the Technology Project Hybrid. Brabus hasn’t revealed many details on fuel economy gains, battery pack size and the added weight of the conversion. Protean CEO Bob Purcell, has said “We’re pleased to work with Brabus to demonstrate what Protean’s in-wheel electric drive can deliver to the world. Our in-wheel motors not only provide significant performance improvement, but do so in a very responsible way.” We do not know if in-wheel electric motors are the next big thing. That depends on how badly performance gains are compromised by added unsprung weight and for that we will have to drive cars with and without in-wheel motors back-to-back.