Hyundai claims that its Uni Wheel system lends itself to better weight distribution and handling mechanics than an EV using in-wheel motors. In-wheel or hub motors have been touted in the past as a potential space-saving technology. The Uni Wheel still gives EV platforms much-needed space to build on while retaining predictable handling and avoiding unnecessary weight within the wheels, therefore increasing motor efficiency. This extra boost in efficiency has the added benefit of potentially adding more miles to a charge.
This technology likely won’t appear in the next iteration of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6. Although this technology is eventually destined for consumer vehicles and even performance EVs, Hyundai and Kia are pioneering this technology to be used in what it’s referring to as “Purpose Built Vehicles.” Such vehicles are taxis, self-driving cars, or commuter vehicles, where interior space is at a premium.
As of now, Hyundai has not yet announced any specific models or vehicle lineups that will feature the technology, but it has the potential to be a huge boon to the automaker’s future EV plans.