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indigo technologies brings traction t1 in-wheel motor out of stealth mode after 10 years

by:Newland     2019-10-28
The wheel motor was patented as early as 1884, which is not new.
Recently, traditional automakers like Nissan and Toyota have at least mentioned
Or put it into one or two concepts (
Do you remember Toyota\'s fine?
Fuel Cell Hybrid minivan? ). But in-
Due to many technical challenges, wheel motors have never caused a big stir in the production of cars.
Indigo Technologies believes it\'s time to revisit in-
Wheel motor, just came out ten years later-
Prove its long stealth mode.
Indigowas was founded in 2010, but it is only now beginning to talk about its first product, traction T1 in-wheel motor.
The company says it\'s not just a wheel, it\'s a motor and related parts, \"it replaces the engine, the differential, the drive shaft, the brake line, the shock absorber, and many other parts of the traditional car.
It is a controllable module that combines propulsion, active suspension, power and control.
\"This is a combination of so many powertrain components into a small unit that gives T1 the opportunity to finally make-
Brian Hemond, CEO of Indigo Technologies, said Wheel motors work.
\"I believe that for the first time in the automotive industry-
\"The wheel active suspension system is not a separate actuator,\" he said . \".
\"This is a function designed by the motor itself, not a separate component that increases the quality, complexity and cost of the system.
\"Indigo\'s integrated suspension system will allow T1 to be used against motion sickness vehicles, which are mainly caused by the inertia force of passengers.
Hemond said that the only way to counter these inertia forces is to produce the opposite force in the vehicle, which can be traced back to the suspension.
Anne Rosen, chief financial officer at Indigo Technologies, said that this technology will only become more and more important if self-driving cars start in a timely manner.
\"Our integrated active suspension offsets many of the negative effects of motion sickness on vehicle dynamics,\" she said . \".
Indig said its next public move would be to work with a front-line company --
A supplier or car manufacturer partner of 50 people in the fleet
Rosen said 100 cars, the move could be announced in the next three to six months.
The Company believes that it can install T1 on production vehicles by 2022, but this will not be a typical car.
First of all, it will be electric.
Second, because with in-
The wheel motor has no spring mass and Indigo doesn\'t imagine T1 going into the car as you see it on the road today.
\"We solve the quality problem of the unhung by ensuring that the quality of the vehicle itself is low,\" Hemond said . \".
\"We don\'t want to power SUVs, or even traditional passenger cars, but we want to power small cars, which reduces large-scale problems.
\"Indigo says it is having conversations with a range of possible partners, from traditional OEMs to new
New electric car manufacturers who want to rethink how cars are made and how they should be made.
Hemond said that while they are now willing to think outside the box, the end result must be something that people will really use.
When an electric car moves people along the highway, it has to be safe and comfortable, and the trick is to make sure that, he says: \"Once you \'ve optimized these two variables, you won\'t get a car that ordinary people don\'t like. \".
The T1 is also designed to operate at 48 V instead of the more common 400 V, which makes it safer because the power has to go through the suspension gap and will be affected by potholes and salt water spray.
Hemond says the low voltage motor has a significant safety advantage in this intense environment.
The T1 also uses nd magnets as they provide the best power density and-again -
The quality is not high.
By making the T1 as small as possible, even if there are components such as suspension and brakes inside, installing the T1 on each wheel on the vehicle actually reduces the overall weight and size of the power system, this means being more cost-competitive on what Hemond says scale, while being more free to design the vehicle you like.
With all these established benefits, why does Indigo take 10 years in stealth mode to get to a place where it can finally be announced publicly?
Hemond said that the overall vehicle efficiency is complex, and after going through the evolution changes in 100, each subsystem is associated with another subsystem, which means that the team has to do what happened before
Hemond said that the technology needed to produce small, safe, efficient and comfortable cars did not exist 10 years ago, but only new
On the old car
Because today\'s vehicle is too big and too heavy, the style chassis is not the answer.
Real efficiencies require new solutions that require safety, he said, because \"if people are unwilling to adopt these vehicles due to safety issues, we are not really solving any problems at all.
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