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Date:September 15, 2011
Boston Power and Protean Electric have joined forces to provide lithium-ion battery systems and electric in-wheel motor solutions for two new BRABUS vehicles that are based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The new high performance vehicles were unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The first is the 4WD Full Electric that comes with an all-new electric vehicle system that has been developed to demonstrate a peak combined 320kW and 3,200Nm torque from pure electric power. It has an operating range of 217miles using a 56kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The second meanwhile, is the BRABUS hybrid saloon car, which is based on the E220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. It has a hybrid system that powers the rear wheels along with the internal combustion engine with the Protean Electric in-wheel motors adding 110hp and 800Nm of peak torque. Overall it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.4seconds. Fuel economy is actually improved by about 30 per cent compared to a vehicle not equipped with the Protean Electric in-wheel motors thanks to the high efficiency and regenerative braking it employs.
In addition, the BRABUS 4WD Full Electric car will be the first vehicle to feature Boston Power’s 1.2kWh liquid cooled module Swing Medley. It features the same capabilities as Boston Power’s air-cooled battery systems including 50 per cent more usable energy density by volume; and a 10-year reliable calendar life.