Michelin active wheel set - a new future in car design

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Michelin active wheel set - a new future in car design

This is great, Michelin have made a wheel assembly with an electric motor and suspension all built in.

Imagine buying 4 of these wheel sets, making your own platform and adding some batteries to supply power, instant car. Or taking out the engine from your existing car, adding some fuel cells and the wheels.

The Michelin tire company is getting closer to commercializing its electric wheel concept. The company has been showing off versions of the “Active Wheel” since 2004. The system contains virtually all of the components necessary for a vehicle to propel or stop: an electric motor, suspension coils and springs, and braking components. The only thing missing is the source of energy.

Fed by lithium ion batteries or fuel cells, the Active Wheel’s electric motor will output 30 kilowatts of power—per wheel that is. Vehicles using this system can be configured with two Active Wheels up front, or one at each corner. This allows manufacturers to offer both two- and four-wheel drive setups.

Key advantages include reduction of energy losses, greater all-wheel drive capabilities, better regenerative braking, and extra space. With most mechanicals out of the way or eliminated, designers can expand the cabin and possibly have two trunks, one in front and one in back. In addition, the technology offers the possibility of easier conversions of gas-powered cars to electric power.

 http://www.hybridcars.com/c...

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By netchicken: posted on 4-12-2008








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