Automakers have done well to replicate traditional mechanical all-wheel drive setups with hybrid or all-electric setups, by replacing transfer cases with electric motors, either at one or both axles.
The problem with such designs and setups right now however is that they’re left only to some of the more expensive cars of today. But to fix this eventually, Toyota may add e-AWD to the Prius, giving the Japanese giant’s popular hybrid the chance for all-wheel traction for the first time ever in its history.
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Word comes through various reports aggregating the original post by Japanese publication, Minkara, via AutoBlog.
Not much is know about this possible, future e-AWD Prius, except it could get as much as 83 mpg on Japan’s fuel economy cycle. The new 2016 Toyota Prius in comparison is expected to breach 55 miles per gallon at its best, so the figure of 83 mpg might be a bit optimistic.
Either way, all-wheel drive is skyrocketing in demand and adding the option to the Prius could possibly make the world’s most popular hybrid, even more popular. Do you think the Prius needs all-wheel drive?
– By: Chris Chin