AWD is all about car control and stability. It is the system you need to power up that hill, drive through the snow, and keep your tires on rain-slick roads. While a rear-wheel-drive car only has a single motor powering the front wheel, an AWD vehicle has a second motor that powers the rear wheels. This maximizes the car’s power output, providing greater chassis control, and extra traction when you accelerate.
Up until recently, electric vehicles have mostly been rear-wheel-drive. But electric vehicle manufacturers are now choosing AWD over rear-wheel drive, making them more accessible to a wider audience. So if you’re looking for an EV that has AWD, here are your options.
Tesla built its Tesla Model X with an electric motor on each axle, giving it powerful AWD capabilities. This SUV has motor-control software that allows the driver to select which motor they want to use. While gas-powered SUVs charge an extra fee for AWD, Tesla charges their standard price. The Model X is great for families, seating up to seven people and with a driving range of 371 miles on a single charge. It also has a top safety rating and 88 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Jaguar I-Pace is an electric car built for acceleration and handling. It can go from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds and offers 512 lb-ft of torque. This is a lot of power for an SUV. Since it has an electric motor on each axle, it’s an AWD car with an impressive grip. With an impressive driving range of 234 miles on a single charge, clean lines, and teched-out features, it is a worthy opponent of the Tesla lineup.
Porsche will release its first-ever electric car by the end of 2020. The Porsche Taycan electric sedan comes in three different levels: 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. All models have AWD and it can cover a range of 300 miles while delivering 600 horsepower. To add to the car’s handling power, the car has an adaptive air suspension that you can raise and lower for greater ground clearance and better agility.
Audi will release its electric SUV, the e-Tron, by 2021. It comes with an electric motor on each axle and amazing ground clearance similar to the Audi Q7 SUVs. It can also tow two tons and has a 402 bhp electric motor with a range of 248 miles. The e-Tron’s interior is pretty slick for an SUV, featuring ventilated, leather front seats with a massage option. You can now reserve your order for the car.
You have electric sedans and SUVs, but what about pickup trucks? The EV market has those, too! The all-electric AWD pickup truck, Rivian R1T, is going on sale by the end of 2020. The 750 bhp zero-emissions pickup offers outstanding performance, including all-terrain capabilities. It comes with 14″ of ground clearance, a wading depth of over 3 feet, and a quad motor system. The quad motor system sends power in an instant to each wheel for maximum performance.
Looking for a luxurious midsize all-electric SUV? Look no further than the EQC. The Mercedes EQC offers an AWD grip with more clearance than most electric SUVs. Its AWD system includes two electric motors, one on each axel. The EQC has an 80kWh battery with a driving range of close to 260 miles on a single charge. It can also tow up to 1,800 kg.
Special Mention: BMW i8
The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid car worth mentioning. The i8 offers both powerful AWD, a 70-kWh battery, and a TwinPower Turbo, 228-hp, 1.5-litre three-cylinder gas engine. It also has one of the longest driving ranges of any car on the market: 303 miles on a single charge. It is both fashionable and futuristic, with the car doors opening upward on single hinges.
There aren’t many AWD car options available in the market today. However, the few you can purchase offer exceptional control, stability, and handling capabilities. Explore the options above to see which AWD electric car suits you best.