Protean makes an in-wheel electric drive for the hybrid and electric vehicle markets.
Protean makes an in-wheel electric drive for the hybrid and electric vehicle markets.

The partnership is a five-year agreement that will initially focus on SKF’s wheel bearing system, with integrated sealing and sensors developed specifically for Protean Electric.

“SKF is committed to developing technology to support the electric and hybrid vehicle market to further reduce the carbon footprint,” said Tryggve Sthen, president, SKF automotive. “Combining our engineering knowledge with Protean’s expertise for in-wheel motors will be an excellent way to develop this market.”

Protean Electric designs, develops and manufactures the Protean Drive, an in-wheel motor for electric hybrid vehicles.

“We are very pleased to partner with SKF,” said Bob Purcell, chairman and CEO, Protean Holdings Corp. “The bearing design has a significant influence on the performance of the in-wheel motor, and only SKF can supply a bearing to meet the requirements for this unique application.”