You are right Ingrid, the parking space thing is carrying a "less is more" design. I am really impressed such technology was created a hundred years ago and is the solution to the future problems and how Schaeffler and Ford improving it and adding new features to it. It is incredible that other external companies and institutes are helping out with the project as well, Continental, RWTH Aachen and the University of Applied Sciences, Regensburg together with Schaeffler and Ford promised to deliver 2 new EVs based on the wheel technology by 2015, this path could not be wrong.
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Schaeffler and Ford didn't waste the research and development effort on creating new generation car. As Engy mentioned, it is very attractive by the 90 degree wheels lock. If it is possible, more parking space could be fully utilized. It won't arise the space problem in long term.
This a very clear picture of the ewheel hub drive close up, it clearly shows how the 90 degree lock works, very brilliant design by Schaeffler. The ewheel drive hub can be fitted onto 16 inches wheel, and weighted 53kg in total. Though we wont be able to drive such car till 2015, but it has already defined the foundation of future vehicle. Time is still required for further enhancement and optimization for the ewheel hub to be comparable to the performance or modern vehicles, lets just be patient and see what's the magic next.