PHOTO CAPTION: Mercedes E-Class equipped with Protean in-wheel electric motors.

Brabas Equips E-Class with Protean In-Wheel Motors

Brabus EV system develops a peak combined 320 kW (430 hp) and 3,200 Nm (2,350 ft lbs) torque from pure electric power, using four direct-drive Protean Electric motors

Published: 12-Nov-2012

A Mercedes E-Class featuring a unique in-wheel electric drive system has been showcased for the first time in China.

The Protean in-wheel motor system is a bolt-on solution which enables a car to operate like a hybrid and even provide fully electric drive for a limited time.

The car called the Brabus Electric Vehicle, took part in a special signing ceremony to create a New Energy Vehicle Industry Park, jointly organised in association with the Jilin Municipal government of North East China.


Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL vans

Fleet trials are demonstrating that the battery capacity typically fluctuates between 95 and 25% of available capacity, indicating that the maximum range of the Vito E-CELL is seldom fully utilized.

Cutaway view of fuel cell drive on B-Class F-Cell sedan.

Automotive News reports that the second model will likely be a large Sedan or SUV.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell prototype electric car.

It is believed that Tesla will assist in development of the E-Cell due to arrive on the market in 2014.


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