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2017-04-01

ConMet and Protean Electric develop in-wheel drive system for commercial vehicles




Consolidated Metco (ConMet) and Protean Electric are working together to develop an electric in-wheel drive system for the medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle markets.
ConMet, a subsidiary of Amsted Industries, is a global supplier of components to the commercial vehicle market. The ConMet/Protean in-wheel electric drive system will deliver a hybrid propulsion system designed to help ConMet’s OEM and fleet customers to improve fuel efficiency and address the tightening of safety and emissions regulations.
The jointly developed electric wheel end system, which is compatible with existing vehicles, is also designed to provide vehicle packaging advantages, reduce complexity, and minimize drivetrain losses.
“We are combining our decades-long expertise in wheel hubs for commercial vehicles with Protean Electric’s success with drive systems for electrified passenger vehicles,” said ConMet VP Beto Dantas. “The result is the development of an innovative wheel end product that will provide lower lifecycle costs, improved fuel economy, added torque, increased power, and better overall vehicle performance.”
“This agreement enables us to expand the market reach of our ProteanDRIVE technology into the commercial vehicle market,” explains Andrew Whitehead, Chief Commercial Officer at Protean Electric. “ConMet has the commercial vehicle market and wheel hub experience we have been looking for to help develop this solution.”