The motor-wheel is at the heart of the TQ technology. Developed in 1994 by Pierre Couture PhD, a Quebec physicist, the motor-wheel is considered by many experts as the motorisation of the future for all forms of ground transportation.
An ordinary automobile using gas-fuel, for example, pollutes with its gas emissions and remains very inefficient in terms of energy use, especially during braking. An electric automobile is four times more efficient than an average car. However, when an automobile is equiped with four motor-wheels, the efficiency increases considerably, consuming even 30% less energy than an electric automobile with a central motor.
The power of the motor-wheel is uncontestable. Indeed, each has the equivalent power of a Corvette motor at the level of the wheels. Thus each TQ vehicle on the monorail powered by 16 motor-wheels has the power of 16 Corvette motors, which explains why it can travel rapidly on the rail, and go up and down hills much like a bus travelling on an ordinary road. In addition, a motor-wheel does not break down mecanically, since it functions according to magnetic forces. Few parts need to be changed, except the rubber tires. With the motor-wheel, the infrastructure of the monorail will be lighter, more powerful, secure and more economic to maintain.
The motor-wheel is certainly one of the major technological inventions of the 20th century. It's the invention of the future as far as motorised transportation is concerned, especially for public transportation.