29 Apr '13, 11am

Ford and Schaeffler unveil eWheelDrive Fiesta

Ford and Schaeffler unveil eWheelDrive Fiesta

Ford and Schaeffler unveil eWheelDrive Fiesta By Anthony Lim on April 29, 2013 Ford and its technology partner, German-based automotive component manufacturer and supplier Schaeffler, have unveiled a Fiesta-based eWheelDrive research car, which is powered by independent electric motors in both rear wheels. The integrated wheel-hub drive in the test bed demonstrates the potential of saving space by freeing up acreage under the bonnet that would otherwise be taken up by a central motor in an EV, and in a conventional car, by an engine and transmission and replace them with more space for features such as additional protection zones. With in-wheel motors, the components required for drive, deceleration and driver assistance technologies are installed in an integrated wheel hub drive, including the electric motor, braking and cooling systems. Space-saving benefits could in the...

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