American carmaker Ford has decided to join forces with Schaeffler and together to produce a new prototype, a Fiesta eWheelDrive prototype to be more precise. This is actually a drivable car developed for research that could lead to improvements in urban mobility and parking by making possible smaller, more agile cars. The model receives power from independent electric motors in each of the rear wheels and so the eWheelDrive technology offers space under the bonnet that in conventional cars is occupied by the engine and transmission and in electric cars by a central motor.
The engineers have put a lot of thought into this technology and in the future this might support the development of a 4-person car that only occupies the space of a two-person car today. The design of the steering system of the Fiesta eWheelDrive could enable vehicles to move sideways into parking spaces. This idea is actually a great one which comes in very handy now as cities become more populated and congested. The Americans fell very well when it comes to working with Schaeffler because their engineers are now working on different ways to find new options for the development of zero emission vehicles with very efficient packaging and which are easy to maneuver. Deceleration and driver assistance technologies and installed in an integrated wheel hub drive, including the electric motor, braking and cooling systems.
Ford has joined forces with Schaeffler, the leading German-based automotive component manufacturer and supplier, to find the potential for future vehicles that also could offer zero emissions and more space for elements such as additional protection zones. The in-wheel electric motors seem to be an important future technology for city cars as the world becomes more crowded and urbanized, according to many industry experts.
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