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]
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