At a recent town-hall style meeting held by CEO Elon Musk in Amsterdam, we learned a little more about Tesla Motors‘ approach to all-wheel drive.
Theres already plenty that we know about the Tesla Model X, starting delivery by 2015. Powered by the same 60 kWh or 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack as the Tesla Model S, the Tesla Model X will have, instead, two electric motors. Both front and rear axles will get an electric motor, for all-wheel drive (AWD) performance and safety. The Model X, according to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, will only come in all-wheel drive. Production is expected to start sometime this year.
What’s really interesting is that, once Tesla Motors starts production of the Model X’s AWD platform, the Tesla Model S will also come with an AWD option. We already know that the Tesla Model S is a great performer in the snow, granted by its far-more-sensitive electronic traction control system (ETC). What will happen when we equip it with AWD andETC? We already know how great AWD sports cars are, as well as safe in poor road conditions. My only hope for a Tesla Model S P85+ AWD, if such a thing will exist, is that Tesla Motors won’t downgrade the power in the electric motors too much.
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