Protean Electric Introduces Production In-Wheel Electric Drive System; Exhibits At Auto Shanghai 2013

    Protean Electric Introduces Production In-Wheel Electric Drive System;
                        Exhibits At Auto Shanghai 2013

PR Newswire

SHANGHAI, April 19, 2013

SHANGHAI, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Protean Electric, the global leader
of advanced in-wheel electric drive, today announces the Chinese debut of its
production in-wheel motor and will showcase its in-wheel electric drive system
on a BRABUS Hybrid vehicle at the Auto Shanghai 2013, Apr. 20-29 in Hall N5
booth C131.

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The BRABUS Hybrid, based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, is powered by an
internal combustion engine and two Protean electric drive motors, one in each
of the rear wheels.

Protean's in-wheel electric drive system is an award-winning technology that
is an integral part of a hybrid powertrain system when paired with a
traditional internal combustion engine. It is also powerful enough to be the
only source of traction drive in electric vehicles.

The motors reside in the space behind the wheel, producing torque and power
exactly where and when drivers need it. Protean's new production motor
provides a 25 percent increase in peak torque compared with the previous
generation's design and can deliver 1,000 Nm (735 lb.-ft.) and 75 kW (100

"Protean Electric is ready to enable the global automobile industry as it
moves to high volume, low cost hybrid and electric drive powertrains," said
Bob Purcell, chairman and CEO of Protean Electric. "Our system can be applied
to current vehicle platforms, retrofit existing vehicles or create all new
architectures for the future." 

Features of Protean's in-wheel motors include:

  oHighest torque density of any of today's leading electric drive systems
  o75 kW (100 hp) peak power and 1,000 Nm (735 lb.-ft.) peak torque in each
  oMass of only 31 kg (68 lbs.) per motor
  oFuel economy improvements up to 30 percent in hybrid configurations, as
    compared to the existing vehicle, depending on battery size
  oSuperior regenerative braking capabilities, which allow up to 85 percent
    of the available kinetic energy to be recovered during braking

To increase Protean's direct presence in China, Kwok-yin (KY) Chan has
recently been named as vice president of Protean China. Protean Electric has
established a new office in Putuo District, Shanghai in addition to its
operations in United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

Protean has been awarded 27 patents for its unique technology and design, with
84 additional international patent applications pending. Protean has won the
prestigious 2012 Technology Pioneers Award from the World Economic Forum and
received recognition from Car and Driver magazine as one of the ten most
promising technologies for 2013.

Protean Electric has developed multiple demonstration vehicles, including a
Vauxhall Vivaro cargo van, Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group (GAC) Trumpchi
sedan, a Ford F150 pick-up truck, and a BRABUS full electric vehicle also
based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

For more information on Protean Electric, visit For
further details on Auto Shanghai 2013, visit

For the Chinese version of the release, click here.

About Protean:
Protean Electric is a leading clean technology company that designs, develops
and manufactures the Protean Drive™, a fully integrated, in-wheel motor,
direct-drive solution. Protean Electric is strategically positioned to play a
major role in the hybrid and electric vehicle market by offering a combination
of packaging advantages, new vehicle design opportunities, performance
benefits and cost savings. Protean is funded by Oak Investment Partners, GSR
Ventures and Jiangsu New Times Holding Group. Protean Electric has operations
in the United States, United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong. For more
information, visit

Kwok-yin CHAN
+86 18688975300

Christy Penka
Media relations on behalf of Protean Electric
+1 734.709.3629

SOURCE Protean Electric

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