Submitted by Benz on Sat, 2013-09-14 14:03
Could the Model S in the future be equiped with an automatic gearbox?
Will driving in a higher gear lead to more km per kWh (for more range)?
The Model S is currently equiped with a 1 gear gearbox (which works fine).
First of all, would it make sense to engineer an EV with a automatic gearbox?
But suppose that it technically indeed would make sense to do that, would it effect the range of the EV? As in ICE cars driving in a higher gear leads to a lower fuel consumption, would that also be the case with EV's (more miles per kWh)?
Somebody with a technical background could answer this question.
When I read about the new Audi A3 E-Tron. This new Plug-In Hybrid has a 1.4 liter TFSI engine and a DSG S-Tronic automatic gearbox. And inbetween those there is the electric motor. When driving in electric mode the transmission goes via the DSG S-Tronic automatic gearbox. And that made me wonder if that could also be done with a pure electric car like the Tesla Model S?