DETROIT, MI – Protean Electric will showcase its Protean Drive™ system in a BRABUS Hybrid at the SAE 2012 World Congress April 24-26 at Cobo Center. The event will mark the BRABUS Hybrid’s premier North American appearance.

BRABUS chose Protean’s electric in-wheel motors to power its “Technology Project Hybrid” based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The BRABUS Hybrid vehicle is equipped with two Protean Drive™ wheel motors, which power the rear wheels, along with the vehicle’s clean diesel engine.

Protean Drive™ can improve fuel economy by up to 30 percent in a plug-in hybrid application.

Each Protean motor adds 80 kW (110 hp) and 800 Nm (590 ft-lbs) of peak torque, which, when combined with the 2.2-liter common-rail turbo-diesel engine, give the BRABUS Hybrid an acceleration of 0-100 km/hr (0-62 mph) in 7.4 seconds and 60-120 km/hr (37-75 mph) of 5.6 seconds.

“We’re pleased to work with BRABUS to demonstrate what Protean’s in-wheel electric drive can deliver to the world,” Protean CEO Bob Purcell said. “Our in-wheel motors not only provide significant performance improvement, but do so in a very responsible way.”


2012 Brabus Hybrid

Source: PRNewswire / Protean

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