23 Nov '14, 4am
Michelin Reinvents the Wheel, This Time With Motors
The Michelin prototype with Active Wheel technology This is one of the most impressive car I've ever been in. I understand it doesn't look like much. This is a small no-thrill hatchback. You may recognize the body of a Suzuki Splash, which also happens to be the base of the Stromos German electric car I wrote about three weeks ago. But this one is a totally different car—much better one, maybe even revolutionary. It has two great technologies from the future. Or more correctly from the past, but I'm still waiting for them to go mainstream. The first one is in-wheel motors. The Best Architecture You want efficiency? Nothing could be more efficient than putting the motor inside the wheel. The Lohner Porsche from 1900, the first ever hybrid car, had electric motors inside its front wheels. That makes it a 110-year old technology, yet when I talk with automotive engineers abou...