Just because you’re buying an environmentally-friendly car doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice power. With some electric car makes and models, you’ll get the practicality and power of all-wheel-drive (AWD).
Why is AWD Important?
If you’re driving on roads that are snowy, icy, or muddy, AWD gives you better traction. AWD doesn’t give you a pass to drive recklessly on slick roads. You can still lose control of your car. But AWD can reduce the likelihood of slipping or sliding — great when you need to drive up snowy hills. AWD also helps when you have a car with a lot of horsepower. It allows you to accelerate without spinning your tires.
These benefits, along with others, make AWD a key feature for many when purchasing a car.
Electric Cars with AWD
You don’t have to sacrifice an eco-friendly car fir AWD. Here are some great models from which to choose that give you both things.
Of course, Tesla is going to be at the top of the list. Tesla is one of the few companies that sell cars and SUVs with AWD.
2019 Tesla Model S
AWD is standard for the 2019 Tesla Model S. It is not an option that you have to specifically ask for.
This full-size sedan comes with other standard features including 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, a 17-inch touchscreen, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and a glass roof. It has a driving range of 335 miles and can go from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. If you get the performance setup, the range does go down a bit, but your acceleration time is cut in half.
2019 Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X may not look like much, but it can fit seven people, hold 88 cubic feet of cargo, and tow an incredible 5,000 pounds. Once again, the AWD is a standard feature instead of an optional add-on. This vehicle also has what is called Falcon Wing back doors. The back doors swing upward when they open. These doors give you better access to the back and make it easier to put large items inside.
All-electric driving gives you a range of 295 miles before you need to stop and charge the battery.
2019 Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is Tesla’s flashy entry-level car. Where most entry-level cars do not have all the bells and whistles, this car does. The AWD, as with the other two Teslas on this list, is standard for the car. It comes with a 17-inch touchscreen, mobile Wi-Fi, and heated seats in both the front and back. There’s also an Autopilot tech that gives the driver a higher level of assistance. The MPGe is 310 miles on a single charge.
If you do not want to buy a Tesla, there are a few options out there.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace has an impressive range of 234 miles in all-electric driving mode. Standard to this car is air suspension and AWD. It also has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa capabilities.
2020 Porsche Taycan
Porsche is another non-Tesla option. The Porsche Taycan has three different configurations; 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. Your range on a single charge is 192-201 miles working on electric-only. AWD is a standard feature.
The Taycan is friendly for the road and the track — for you speed junkies out there. The car has an underbody battery pack that balances out the weight distribution between the front and rear axles.
2021 Audi e-tron
The 2021 Audi e-tron SUV is the first of Audi’s electric vehicles that will have AWD. This car includes Audi’s latest digital instrument panel, Bang & Olufsen audio, Amazon Alexa capabilities, and amazing cabin design. The e-tron also has a 2-ton towing capacity and 160-mile range on just a 30-minute charge.
In the End
For now, the list of electric cars with all-wheel-drive may seem short, but it will surely grow as the electric car’s popularity does.