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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Michelin Reinvents the Wheel
Michelin sells tires, not cars. But its engineers occasionally build some. And at the recent Challenge Bibendum 2004, held in Shanghai, China, the company introduced two models, according to this article from the Detroit News.

While the CONCEPT demonstrates the multiple benefits of electric power, the other concept car, the Hy-Light, is a light vehicle that weighs just 850 kg and is fuel cell propelled. Besides being an almost pollution-free car, the Hy-Light integrates active wheels. The idea is remarkably simple. There is plenty of empty space in a tire, so why not fill it with something useful? So the active wheels of the Hy-Light contain a traction motor to turn the wheel and all suspension components such as springs.

Michelin intends to share this technology with car makers and expects it should be integrated in our cars within ten to fifteen tears. This summary contains more details, pictures and references about this concept car and its active wheels.
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