Posted on December 16, 2022
The Kia EV6 can be ordered with an AWD powertrain that makes it safer to drive on slippery roads and increases its level of performance when the pavement is dry. Since electric vehicles are very different from traditional gasoline-powered models, this system might be different from what you expect. Here’s how it works.
Two separate motors
The Kia EV6 AWD adds an entire second electric motor to the rear-wheel drive version in order to power the front wheels. This is very different from a traditional all-wheel drive setup which usually only adds a center coupling that can send power to one or both of the axles depending on the road condition. Mounted on the front axle, this second motor provides more power and traction than most traditional systems are capable of and it can be disengaged completely when it isn’t needed in order to reduce mechanical drag and therefore offer more range on a full charge.
How it improves safety
The AWD system used in the Kia EV6 makes it safer to drive when road conditions are unfavourable such as in winter by providing more grip and more stability at high speeds. Since it is engaged automatically as soon as it is needed when slippage is detected, the front motor makes the EV6 more capable in deep snow and it prevents the rear of the vehicle from sliding to the side when accelerating on slick pavement, which is common in high-powered rear-wheel drive cars.
How it improves performance
Since the AWD in the Kia EV6 adds a second motor instead of having the existing engine output be shared between both axles, it offers an increased level of performance. Indeed, the AWD versions of the EV6 deliver 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of instantaneous torque, making it much quicker than expected for a vehicle of its size. The improved grip provided by this powertrain is also beneficial to the overall performance of the EV6.