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BRABUS unveils Protean Drive in-wheel motors powered vehicles

ABR Staff Writer Published 14 September 2011

BRABUS, an independent automobile tuner, has unveiled two all new luxury performance cars both powered by Protean Drive in-wheel motors.

Based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the first BRABUS EV sedan called the "High-performance Four-wheel-drive Full Electric Car features an all new EV system that delivers a peak combined 320 kW (430 hp) and 3,200 Nm (2,350 ft.-lbs.) torque from pure electric power using four direct-drive Protean Electric motors, one in each wheel.

The second BRABUS hybrid drive vehicle, the "Technology Project Hybrid," features the Protean Electric in-wheel motors each add 80 kW (110 hp) and 800 Nm (590 ft.-lbs.) of peak torque, powering the rear wheels in combination with the internal combustion engine.

The combined electric motor and internal combustion engine delivers an acceleration of 0-100 km/hr (0-62 mph) in 7.4 seconds and an acceleration of 60-120 km/hr (37-75 mph) of 5.6 seconds.

The company claims the high efficiency and regenerative braking capability Protean Drive system in the hybrid car improve fuel efficiency about 30% compared to vehicles note equipped with system.

The two new vehicles comprises of Boston Power's liquid-cooled module, Swing Medley, a new lithium-ion battery technology.