Michelin active wheel for electric vehicles

Clermont-Ferrand, France – Where there’s a will, there’s a way

When you think of Michelin you think of black round doughnuts called tires. When you think of a vehicle you think of an internal combustion engine that has the ability to move those tires through the drivetrain

Step forward into the future of today. You can no longer think of Michelin as just a tire company, and you can no longer think of vehicles with internal combustion engines.

Michelin has taken that empty space known as the wheel and put an entire electric drivetrain inside of it.

Gone is the engine under the hood, the traditional suspension, the gearbox and the transmission shaft. All those components have been miniaturized and have been integrated into the wheel of an electric vehicle.

Michelin is collaborating with two auto manufacturers that were show at the 2008 Paris auto show. The first is the electric Venturi Volage roadster.

The second is a partnership with Hueliez, Orange and Michelin. The marketing name for the product is called WILL, as in where there is a will, there is a way.

The Michelin Active Wheel is used with an electric vehicle. the energy in the electric vehicle will come from lithium-ion batteries of fuel cell or some other supercapacitor. In any of these cases the net effect is less pollution, and less noise.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.