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Ford may have killed the bane of student drivers from coast to coast, parallel parking. An official from the American carmaker says its mad geniuses are hard at work in conjunction with the folks over at auto industry supplier Schaeffler perfecting a new electric car technology that will allow cars to be driven sideways into tight parking spaces.

Dubbed the eWheelDrive Fiesta, the technology seats electric motors within a car’s existing wheels, so that the motors do not need to connect to the car’s drivetrain. This format will give electric cars more interior room since the space that up until now has been taken by huge stacks of batteries will be freed up as the batteries could be moved to the front or the floor of the cars.

Ford is not the only company working on this type of technology. Protean Electric also has its hands in a similar project.

[Image:  Schaeffler]


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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