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BRABUS Hybrid Sedan Powered by Protean In-Wheel Motors Debuts in Detroit

DETROIT April 23, 2012 April 24-26

11 a.m. Tuesday Bob Purcell

BRABUS, the highly acclaimed independent automobile tuner, chose Protean’s electric in-wheel motors to power its "Technology Project Hybrid" based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The BRABUS Hybrid vehicle is equipped with two Protean Drive™ wheel motors, which power the rear wheels, along with the vehicle’s clean diesel engine.

Protean Drive™ is the most advanced in-wheel electric drive system for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. Going well beyond performance, Protean Drive™ can improve fuel economy by up to 30 percent in a plug-in hybrid application.

Each Protean motor adds 80 kW (110 hp) and 800 Nm (590 ft-lbs) of peak torque, which, when combined with the 2.2-liter common-rail turbo-diesel engine, give the BRABUS Hybrid an acceleration of 0-100 km/hr (0-62 mph) in 7.4 seconds and 60-120 km/hr (37-75 mph) of 5.6 seconds.

BRABUS is known throughout the automotive sector for its discerning use of the finest technology to perfect the performance of its exclusive vehicles. The BRABUS Hybrid and Protean Drive™ offer elite automotive customers a practical, environmentally respectful solution without sacrificing performance and power.

Bob Purcell

8 a.m. April 25

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SOURCE Protean Electric

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