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Protean Converts Ford F-150 to All-electric Drive

Protean Electric converted a 2009 Ford F-150 to all-electric drive. Unlike normal EVs, Protean’s F-150 has four in-wheel electric motors, and they are quite powerful.

May 17, 2011

Protean Electric – formerly known as PML Flightlink – converted a 2009 Ford F-150 to all-electric drive. Unlike normal EVs, Protean’s F-150 has four in-wheel electric motors, and they are quite powerful. PickupTrucks.com writer Ben Wojdyla drove this alt-powered truck and reported impressive results.

Protean created an in-wheel electric motor unit that's essentially eight motors in one package. Inside the motor, its rotor looks conventional, with segmented permanent magnets on the outside. The stator, however, is new. Arranged in a circle are eight identical inverter motor controllers, each capable of switching on and off independently and driving the motor at low power individually. Alone, they offer minimum power use, but all together, they switch on and off to provide maximum power and torque.

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Source: PickupTrucks.com

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