DETROIT – In-wheel motors not only can liberate motorists from their dependence on fossil fuels, they promise Americans needn’t sacrifice roomy vehicle interiors for a desire to “be green,” a supplier says. In-wheel motors eliminate the need for intrusive components such as transmissions and driveshafts, says Andy Watts, chief technical officer of U.K.-based IWM maker Protean Electric. As a result, electric vehicles no larger than a Volkswagen Golf could boast as much interior space as ...

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