Interesting how redesigning for electric yields big usability improvements. Quoting: "The Tesla Model S outscores every other car in our test Ratings. It does so even though it's an electric car. In fact, it does so because it is electric. Built from the ground up as an EV, this car's overall balance benefits from mounting the battery under the floor and in the lowest part of the body. That gives the car a rock-bottom center of gravity that enables excellent handling, a comfortable ride, and lots of room inside. Plus, it has a front trunk where other cars' gasoline engines would be, in addition to its large rear cargo space. This big luxury hatchback even seats seven, with its optional third-row jump seat."
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- May 9, 2013
- A real electric technology advantage in car technology is the ability to use 4 motors - one at each wheel and let software control the handling dynamics completely, doing away with conventional gearboxes and differentials.
Mercedes has built a 750hp 4 wheel drive super-car using this idea. Teslas only have 1 electric motor so far, but the Model X can be configured with two.
Exciting because it turns cars into much more of a software problem:
Mercedes SLS Electric Drive. Can Volts Ever Match Pistons? - CHRIS HARRIS ON CARSMay 10, 2013
- Wish I could afford one! My LEAF has to do. Agreed that 4-corner motors can do exceptional stuff (there's a prototype Mercedes SLS with 4 motors that uses "torque vectoring" to give it rock-solid stability) by providing exactly the correct amount of drive to each wheel.May 10, 2013
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