About Us

Protean Electric is an award-winning technology company that has developed an in-wheel electric drive system for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric light-duty vehicles. The Protean Drive® system can improve vehicle fuel economy, add torque, increase power and enable improved vehicle handling to both new and existing vehicles.

Protean Drive® is designed for a broad array of vehicles including sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks and commercial vans – any vehicle with an 18- to 24-inch wheel. The system also can be added to existing cars and trucks, utilizing their current internal combustion engine drivetrain. This allows automakers to create hybrid vehicles in less time and with far fewer changes to the vehicle design and components.

Protean’s system can increase fuel economy by over 30 percent, depending on the battery size and driving cycle. It is also powerful enough to be the only source for traction on a variety of vehicles. Its ease of integration can simplify the adoption of hybrid and electrified powertrains and save cost.

US Office: Troy, Mich., U.S.
China Manufacturing: Tianjin, China
Engineering Center: Farnham, England
China Headquarters: Shanghai, China
Engineering and Development Center: Shanghai, China
Product: Protean Drive®, a fully integrated in-wheel electric motor direct drive solution
  • Allan Kwan, Chairman Protean Holdings Corporation
  • KY Chan CEO Protean Holdings
  • Bob Purcell, Strategic Advisor
  • Nick Rich, Director, Finance and Information Technology
  • Jonathan Dixon, Vice President, Head of Global Engineering
  • Chris Hilton, Chief Technology Officer
  • Andrew Whitehead, Vice President, Business Development
  • Henry Yin, Vice President Operations, and China General Manager
  • York Liu, Director of Operations
Employees: Approximately 100
Key Customers: Vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 customers
Sales and Earnings: Protean is a privately held company
Investors: Oak Investment Partners, GSR Ventures, New Times Group and the city of Liyang
Quality Certification: ISO 9001