Automakers see promise in placing power at wheels

Truett, Richard
March 2004
Automotive News;3/8/2004, Vol. 78 Issue 6083, p26N
Trade Publication
Technology perfected on bicycles more than a century ago helped get the automobile industry rolling. Now a part used on some of today's high-tech bicycles could find its way onto automobiles of the future. That part is a wheel hub motor. It is a flat, round electric motor mounted on a vehicle's axle behind the wheel rim. General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and others are considering a role for the motor. It is a key technology needed to complete the automaker's vision of a fuel cell vehicle similar to its Autonomy technology show car.


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