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:
- 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.