Ford and Schaeffler presented their prototype test with integrated rear-wheel electric motors. A joint research project which goal to assess the integration of this technology and its impact on the handling, braking and handling.
Ford has partnered with Shaeffler, Continental, RWTH Aachen and the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg for MEHREN project (Multimotor Electric Vehicle with highest Room and Energy Efficiency).
A first prototype research has emerged, based on a Fiesta, and two others will be created by 2015. According to the U.S. manufacturer, wheel motor technology should improve the space/habitability of a vehicle, gaining space in the engine compartment. Because this is a prototype, this space is now occupied by the battery, which in theory could be integrated under the floor of a vehicle.
The wheel motor has often been cited as “miracle solution” to rethink vehicle architecture. The MEHREN project here also aims to validate the impact of design changes on the behavior of vehicles or explore new solutions made possible, in particular in terms of maneuverability.
Of course, Ford does not risk any time consideration in the production of vehicles from this research.