Designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, Fisker has created an autonomous electric shuttle called Orbit, which will feature Protean Electric's in-wheel eDrive technology which allows the vehicle to maximise interior space while further redefining the future of short trip mobility.
The Orbit significantly enhances the passenger experience in urban environments, including smart city ecosystems.
As a sample scenario, people will no longer have to wait at a bus stop, as Orbit shuttles will be fully connected - with their locations available to be viewed on a mobile application for set routes.
Its ergonomic interior will offer a variation of mood zones, depending on the passenger’s preference - and the shuttle will offer new digital experiences to further enhance rides. Orbit’s exterior reflects Henrik Fisker’s futuristic design vision for smart mobility.
ProteanDrive is an in-wheel eDrive system selected by Fisker engineers to help optimise interior space and simplify powertrain integration. With the vehicle not featuring a steering wheel or pedals, the configuration enables the Orbit to comfortably carry passengers without the intrusion of traditional powertrain components.
Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO of Fisker said: “The Fisker Orbit already encompasses breakthrough automotive technology, design innovation and exciting touches that will change the way urban populations think about short trip experiences. We selected Protean’s in-wheel powertrain technology to further deliver on those promises. The fastest path to fully autonomous vehicles - without a steering wheel - is through shuttles like the Orbit, and we’re excited to lead the charge into the future of mobility with such world-class, sustainable technology.”
KY Chan, CEO of Protean Electric said: “Fisker aims to set a new standard of excellence and performance in the electric vehicle industry and mobility services. We are delighted to be partnering with their team to further solidify that standard. Our technology provides a digitally smart, stand-alone eDrive solution with packaging advantages, new vehicle design opportunities, performance benefits and cost savings.”
The Fisker Orbit will be available in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations - depending on customer needs. The company will begin testing prototypes of the vehicle - with integrated Protean powertrains - this year, while full deployments of the Orbit on a set route are scheduled for next year.