In-wheel motors make sense for electric vehicles, say suppliers

A handful of new and emerging players are looking to house vital propulsion systems within the wheel itself. Freddie Holmes investigates

Battery electric powertrains present a radical shift in how vehicles are propelled, and there are diverging strategies for where the electric motors should be placed. Integrating a motor within an axle to create an ‘e-axle’ has become the favoured approach with both major automakers and the majority of electric vehicle (EV) start-ups. However, it may not be the most effective means of propelling all EVs, and some believe an electric motor on the wheel hub makes more sense.

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