Siemens develops wheel motor

Juergen Pander, Automotive News

Munich, Germany — To meet future emissions regulations, Siemens VDO Automotive engineers are creating a set of wheels powerful enough to replace a car’s engine.

The German supplier’s eCorner project integrates drivetrain, steering, shock absorbers and brakes directly into the wheels. The project also demonstrates the potential of by-wire technologies.

With eCorner, a car wouldn’t need hydraulic shock absorbers, mechanical steering, hydraulic brakes or an engine.

“We see the electromotor as the only powertrain solution capable of meeting the strictest future emissions requirements over…

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