Outrunner wheel hub motors – An optimal drive solution for any transport task

The Ketterer i-Wheel 3213 wheel hub drives have been specially developed for use in Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV). They are designed as direct drives that are completely integrated in the wheel and therefore need neither an additional gearbox nor an extra motor.

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel 3213.00-1XXX

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel 3213.00-1XXX

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel 3213.00-2XXX

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel 3213.00-2XXX

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel 3213.00-3XXX

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel 3213.00-3XXX

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel Clever 3213.00-21XX

BLDC wheel hub motor i-Wheel Clever 3213.00-21XX

Brushless DC motor 3207 – i-Rex-A-130-70

Brushless DC motor 3207 – i-Rex-A-130-70

Wheel hub motors by Ketterer are extremely flat

The extremely flat design of the wheel hub motors combined with a high power density allows an application with very tight installation spaces. The compact all-in-one solution not only impresses due to its benefits in terms of space requirements but also thanks to the fact it is maintenance-free and has a service life many times longer than systems equipped with a gearbox. The i-Wheel 3213 series consist of three high performance wheel hub drives, which can reach torques up to 34 Nm and speeds up to 27 km/h. In terms of its efficiency and individual scalability, the family of drives offers an optimal modular solution for electric transportation vehicles.

We would be pleased to develop a solution for you that is specially tailored to your drive task! Motor layout and flange geometry of the wheel hub drives as well as the type of brake and the encoder can be implemented in line with your requirements.


Wheel hub motors by Ketterer are ultra-compact

The ultra-compact design of our wheel hub motors enables a simple arrangement oft wo drives on one rotary disk. This means that maneuvering the vehicle with a zero turning radius is no longer a challenge.

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Our technology - Your benefit

  • Neither a gearbox nor an extra motor is needed
  • Ultra-compact for tight installation spaces
  • High power density in the smallest installation space
  • Much longer service life compared to conventional drive technology with a gear stage
  • No gear – no wear
  • Easy replacement of wheel coating on site possible thanks to patented Ketterer solution
  • Very good running properties with minimal noise level

Safety first

  • Safety architecture of the rotational control system using diverse redundancy, or two-channel design
  • In combination with a suitable controller, a safety level of PL-d in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1 can be achieved
  • Safe production processes, as there are no risks of contamination from gear oils and greases (no gearbox)

Flexibility and customer orientation are our strengths: The choice is yours - we implement it!

  • Flexible voltage range from 24 V to 48 V
  • Encoder: BiSS, SSI, TTL incremental in different resolutions
  • Brake: Permanent magnetic brake or spring-operated brake with low energy consumption
  • Can be combined with various controllers
  • Adaptations for mechanical integration and system connection


Overall system: Intelligent, safe, ultracompact

  • Optimum performance scaling: Available in all three Ketterer standard performance classes of the i-Wheel family
  • Highest performance in drive control in the smallest installation space
  • Easy to use: Seamless integration in a few easy steps
  • Plug & Play: Standard plug and standard cable can be used
  • High speed EtherCAT interface, low latency, negligible Jitter
  • Over 10 certified safety functions (SIL2, Pl-d)
  • High resolution absolute encoder
  • User-friendly synapticon parameterization and tuning software
  • Model predictive field-oriented control for high efficiency, maximum bandwidth
  • Optional emergency stop brake with energy saving mode
  • Available in the near future: Circulo 9 with safe motion

i-Wheel Clever – a compact, intelligent drive system with minimal integration expenses.

The wheel hub drive i-Wheel Clever with fully integrated Circulo 9 Motion Controller from Synapticon complements our offer