Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I purchase ORBIS Ring-Drive technology for my car or truck?
The product will ship once the commercial and defense department demonstrations are complete.

What are the specific advantages of the ORBIS wheel?
The ORBIS Ring-Drive wheel has been proven to:

  • Deliver a torque-multiplying effect that reduces the force required of an electric motor to overcome inertia
  • Reduce braking forces by 30%
  • Reduce unsprung weight
  • Reduce the moment of inertia
  • Bolt on to any chassis regardless of size, weight, or vehicle class

How is ORBIS in the unique position of developing this intellectual property, when tens of thousands of engineers and designers work with wheels?
Past hubless designs have been created for show, not efficiency. With a background in the electric vehicle industry, ORBIS founders identified the problems with conventional designs (e.g. standard roller bearings) and eliminated mass and resistance flaws.

Other wheels are made of carbon fiber. Dont they have a low moment of inertia as well?
ORBIS Ring-Drive wheels are made of aluminum, yet still have a lower moment of inertia
than other wheels made from carbon fiber.

Does the ORBIS wheel improve vehicle handling?
The ORBIS Ring-Drive wheel has the lowest center of gravity of any known wheel design. The motor mass is just inches off the ground, improving vehicle stability, acceleration, braking, and cornering dynamics.

What vehicle configurations does the ORBIS wheel support?
ORBIS Ring-Drive wheels can be added to any vehicle, with or without motors. An ORBIS-equipped vehicle can be two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Are there exotic materials or difficult processes involved in manufacturing ORBIS wheels?
Not at all. Standard hardened aluminum alloys are machined on basic 5-axis CNC machinery
to make the major ORBIS Ring-Drive components. Specially engineered polymers are used for drive pinions, roller guides, and spindle bearings. The cost of goods of an ORBIS wheel is competitive with conventional wheels.