PARIS – Schaeffler and Ford engineers are building their second prototype of an electric vehicle whose motors are within the wheels. The first prototype, shown last spring, was based on a standard Ford Fiesta. “The technology is all there now,” says Thomas Flebig, head of systems engineering on the project for Schaeffler. “It works. We are trying to bring it into production.” To reach series production, he says, Schaeffler needs to bring down the cost of ...

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