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Cleaner Engines

A Dutch invention is promising to make vehicles at least 50 percent more efficient and also bring down the soot and carbon dioxide emissions. This is made possible by replacing the conventional wheels by 'in-wheel' electric engines that are normal electric engines turned inside out. No transmission is necessary as the in-wheel engines are powered by battery packs installed on the vehicle. A diesel-powered generator that replaces the original engine on the vehicle charges the battery-pack continuously. The Dutch company E-Traction has built a bus using this technology that will undergo testing for the next six months.

Radio Nederland December 2003

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