March 14, 2017 2:40 PM, EDT

ConMet, Protean Electric to Develop Hybrid Wheel End

Consolidated Metco Inc. announced it is partnering with Protean Electric to develop an electric in-wheel drive system to provide hybrid-electric solutions for the medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle markets.

“The result is the development of an innovative wheel end product that will provide lower life cycle costs, improved fuel economy, added torque, increased power and better overall vehicle performance,” Beto Dantas, ConMet vice president of marketing, said in a statement.

Also, the jointly developed electric wheel end system, which is compatible with existing vehicles, will provide vehicle packaging advantages, reduce complexity and minimize drivetrain losses for truck, tractor and trailer applications, the Vancouver, Washington-based company said.

ConMet will feature the new electrified hub at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 23-25 in Louisville, Kentucky.

ConMet is a subsidiary of Chicago-based Amsted Industries Inc.