The technology of the all-electric vehicle evolution is pretty astonishing. But while we can look on in wide-eyed wonder at the power numbers delivered by vehicles such as the Lotus Evija, there is plenty of other clever stuff going on. Case in point is the recently revealed Protean360+, a ‘corner module’ from Protean Electric, a UK-based automotive technology innovator and a developer of in-wheel motors.
The Protean360+ module offers a 360-degree steering capability and integrates suspension, pneumatic ride-height control and an in-wheel electric motor in a single unit.
Protean says the manoeuvrability enabled by the 360-degree steering system allows for exceptional versatility on busy urban streets, and parking in tight spaces with absolute kerb-side precision. Once stationary, the pneumatic ride height control enables the vehicle to drop the vehicle entry-point to kerb level, offering ‘stepless and virtually gapless ingress and egress for heavy or cumbersome loads or for passengers with impaired mobility’.
“Transport-as-a-Service urban mobility is gaining momentum, and with it the need for a new class of urban transport vehicles,” said KY Chan, CEO of Protean Electric. “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 module was borne from our team’s innovative thinking about how to meet the requirements for these next-generation urban vehicles.”