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Father of EV1 Says Electric Car Is Close

Protean Electric CEO Bob

Bob Purcell, known in the automotive as the father of General Motors Motors ‘ EV1 plug-in car, has in the automotive business for 45 years, the 20 of which have been to electric vehicle development. And though he’s 60 years old and be starting to think about he’s not about to quit now — not the industry seems so close to a

“I’m not going to retire I get one to high volume for real,” Purcell. “I’ll be honest. I we’re there.”

Purcell, the head of GM’s advanced technology group, is now chief of a Michigan -based technology he founded called Protean which has developed an innovative hub motor that could make electric vehicles for the mass market.

“We’re at a juncture in the world auto said Purcell. There are one vehicles in operation on the planet — a milestone that took over a century to achieve, he But under current projections, the billion vehicles will be on the within just 15 to 20 years. going to double the car parc in the two decades,” he said. It’s for all of those vehicles to be conventionally by gasoline.

There’s not enough fossil available; nor can the environment handle it, he

That’s why he is optimistic that new wheel-based electric motors help speed the adoption of plug-in hybrids and fully vehicles. “We’re an ideal technology,” he told me during a at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ World Congress in Detroit. he was showing off Protean’s final of the technology before production next year.

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Protean’s system, called Drive, uses independently in-wheel motors with an inverter, control electronics and By packing all the power and torque into the wheel systems, says it eliminates the need for and cumbersome gearboxes, transmissions, axles and differentials. This cars lighter and more by eliminating wasted drivetrain during acceleration and braking.


It also opens up new creative for auto designers, who would no have build their around a bulky transmission and

“This is a practical solution the industry can use now,” Purcell because it works for both new as well as conventional cars are being converted to plug-ins. “I people will build around the wheel motors.” he

Protean has raised $125 in venture capital so far; its round of financing included two Chinese investors. Production in 2014 at the company’s new facility in .

The big question, of course, is which will feature it? Purcell the company is in talks with “on all three continents” to license the Drive system, but nothing has announced. Stay tuned.

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