Urban mobility pods to be driven by 360-degree steering technology

In June, Swedish EV manufacturer NEVS acquired the British in-wheel engine technology company Protean Electric. Now, Protean brings the first major news after the acquisition:

Protean / NEVS pod
Protean / NEVS pod. Photo: Protean

  • Advanced electric-drive 'corner module' designed for next-generation urban mobility pods
  • Protean 360 + provides limitless 360-degree steering for exceptional vehicle maneuverability
  • Pneumatic ride-height control enables 'kneeling' for stepless kerb-to-vehicle access
  • Compact module allows for front, rear and side access into vehicles
  • Operator wants to offer versatile transport to users with impaired mobility

360-Degree steering unit could help optimize the design and maneuverability of urban pods.

The Protean360 + is a 'corner module' that features a limitless 360-grade steering capability, and combines with innovative suspension set-up, pneumatic ride-height control and a highly efficient in-wheel electric motor. The module's compact size allows for easy access via the front, rear and side doors.

The exceptional maneuverability enabled by the 360-Degree steering system allows the vehicle to spin into its own footprint, helping to negotiate extremely tight urban streets and park in tight spaces with kerb-side precision. Once stationary, its ride-height control enables the pod to 'kneel', dropping the vehicle entry-point to notch level for easy loading of heavy or cumbersome loads and step-less access for passengers with impaired mobility.

KY Chan, CEO of Protean Electric, explains "Transport as a service urban mobility is gaining momentum and the need for a new class of urban transportation vehicles." Whether shared or private, for passengers or goods deliveries, human-driven or autonomous, these new vehicles will require new technologies to be fit for purpose. The Protean360 + corner modules from our team's innovative thinking on how to meet the requirements for next generation urban vehicles. "

NEVS AB wants to use Protean technologies in future vehicles, when it is considered appropriate.

4 thoughts too "Urban mobility pods to be driven by 360-degree steering technology"

  • No matter what you think of NEVS, with Protean they bought a pearl ...

    Exciting question: If you want to use the potential yourself and exclusively, is that also possible or do you have plans as a supplier?

    • AS NEVS has now taken the whole group ....

  • Always a surprise. NEVS has long been declared dead and is now developing something like dynamics?

  • I really have to wonder about the momentum that is currently happening at NEVS. What can be there for non-published projects from Sweden, you can only guess. Anyway, the Protean 360 + is an announcement to the companies working on similar projects. And so it must go on into the future ... and not with TESLA who will never reach their goals, because your CEO Elon Musk must have his fingers everywhere ... and nowhere does anything right. No one will want his car any more soon because Tesla's technological capabilities are not enough to carry on far-reaching projects in the future.
    But there are bright spots ... even the NEVS (9-3) vehicles will find your market.

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