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Michelin Unveils Active in Affordable Electric Car

November 30,

Image: Michelin The Holy of Eco-transportation Could this be the that revolutionizes transportation? the company that invented the tire trump that by making electric cars and practical? Michelin’s Active system is the holy grail of technology: a wheel with an drive motor that has to meet unsprung weight

The Active Wheel frees designers from the restrictions by the need for engine, transmission, shaft, differential and exhaust Imagine the possibilities. Curiously, the which Michelin will to bring to the roads in 2010 may not be you imagined.

Image: The Heuliez Will . The Future of Car Design The future of design looks like. an Agila? Meet the Heuliez . the first electric car with Wheel drive, built on the of Opel’s Agila. The Will from a partnership between coachbuilder Heuliez and French giant Orange.

Although the Will may represent the next in transportation technology, its designers and want to convey a comfortable The empty storage space in the front and rear trunks hints that something is afoot.

Nonetheless, enthusiasts point out in-wheel motor technology trigger a paradigm change in car Without engines, transmissions and systems, smaller cars can more people and cargo. absorbing collapse zones in front and rear offer improvement potential.

The Tech A 7 kilogram (14.4 pound) motor forms the heart of the Active Wheel. Packing in a active shock absorption with its own dedicated motor, and braking brings the wheel to a 43 kg (95 pounds). But Michelin Director for Development and Mobility of the Future, Oliva points out in Die Welt the unsprung weight in the Heuliez is 35 kg (77 pounds) on the front axle and 24 kg (53 on the rear, noting for comparison the small Renault Clio has 38 kg of weight on its front axle.

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With battery packs on the prototype Heuliez Will in at 900 kg, 75 kg less than the Opel


Together, the two front wheels a steady 41 horsepower, which can up to 82 hp for short sprints. The Will do 0-100 km (0 — 62 mph) in 10 and will have a max speed of 140 (87 mph).

Lithium ion batteries will be in three modular configurations, ranges of 150, 300 and 400 km (93, 186 and 248 Just like hybrids, the Wheels recover energy braking to extend vehicle The in-wheel motors are reported to be 90% compared to about 20% efficiency for a vehicle in city driving.

The with Orange ensures the Heuliez Will customers from the latest in mobile technology. The Will is wired for speed 3G+ WiFi and optimized that monitors real-time information.

The target price of 20 to 25 thousand (US $27 — 34 thousand) puts the in the class of affordable electric along with the much Chevy Volt. The first Wheel vehicles are on the streets for now and Heuliez intends to make the production vehicles available to drivers, fleets and municipalities in followed by release to the general in 2011. If you are willing to wait a bit and spend a bit more, look for Wheels on the Venturi Volage in

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