Michelin create an Active Wheel system

Michelin create an Active Wheel system

Michelin Active Wheel

Michelin think it has reinvented the wheel, and it may just be right. The latest bit of high-tech kit revolving out of Michelin’s design department is known as the Active Wheel system. Two motors, one to propel the car and another for the integrated suspension system, sit inside the wheel hub and allow the entire drivetrain to fit neatly enclosed at each corner.

The design is potentially revolutionary with no more engine under the front or rear bonnet, no more traditional suspension system, and no more gearbox or transmission shaft, the range of different platforms would be unlimited. That’s because all essential components have been integrated into the wheel itself. Cars equipped with this integrated solution deliver an array of unique advantages. In a sense, the Michelin Active Wheel is an intelligent wheel capable of propelling cars without gasoline, while ensuring suspension and braking functions and providing unrivalled road handling and comfort.

Depending on the size of the actual Active Wheels used, the technology could be applied to virtually any type of car. With so much going on in just the rolling-stock, it should come as no surprise that Michelin is looking for partners to help offload some of the rest of the car’s research and developmentĀ  and has just signed an agreement with CITIC Guoan Mengguli Corp. in China. Important parts like the lithium-ion battery development will be carried out in China where test vehicles equipped with lithium-powered Active Wheels are already running around city streets.

Michelin Active Wheel

Michelin think it has reinvented the wheel, and it may just be right. The latest bit of high-tech kit revolving out of Michelin’s design department is known as the Active Wheel system. Two motors, one to propel the car and another for the integrated suspension system, sit inside the wheel hub and allow the entire drivetrain to fit neatly enclosed at each corner.

The design is potentially revolutionary with no more engine under the front or rear bonnet, no more traditional suspension system, and no more gearbox or transmission shaft, the range of different platforms would be unlimited. That’s because all essential components have been integrated into the wheel itself. Cars equipped with this integrated solution deliver an array of unique advantages. In a sense, the Michelin Active Wheel is an intelligent wheel capable of propelling cars without gasoline, while ensuring suspension and braking functions and providing unrivalled road handling and comfort.

Depending on the size of the actual Active Wheels used, the technology could be applied to virtually any type of car. With so much going on in just the rolling-stock, it should come as no surprise that Michelin is looking for partners to help offload some of the rest of the car’s research and developmentĀ  and has just signed an agreement with CITIC Guoan Mengguli Corp. in China. Important parts like the lithium-ion battery development will be carried out in China where test vehicles equipped with lithium-powered Active Wheels are already running around city streets.

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