There's an interesting story in the history of vehicles, and electric vehicles. Porsche Had World's First Hybrid 100 Years Ago ... Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid .... Over 100 yrs ago Dr. Ferdinand Porsche built his first car. He later went on to found a sports car company.
His first car was a series hybrid electric. It had hub motors .. and I'm posting this because someone claimed that "nobody" uses hub motors for large high speed vehicles. Well, tell that to Dr. Porsche. Take a look at the pictures showing on the first linked article. Those are clearly hub motors. The design had one hub motor per wheel, and either had an external diesel engine for charging the battery pack, or an onboard engine. This wasn't a plug-in hybrid.
With this vehicle he set land speed records of his day.
And this technique to use hub motors in high speed large vehicles did not die with Dr. Porsche.
Today a company, PML Flightlink, makes large size hub motors. See: http://www.pmlflightlink.com/archive/news_mini.html
The first link is a news release of a BMW Mini being driven using four of PML Flightlink's hub motors, one per wheel.