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Awards 2018 highlights

International Engine of the Year 2018 Review

Electric Powertrain


Results

ENGINE POINTS
Tesla full-electric powertrain
(Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3)
408
BMW full-electric powertrain
(BMW i3, i3S)
281
General Motors full-electric powertrain
(Chevrolet Bolt, Opel Ampera-e)
238
Renault / Nissan full-electric powertrain
(Nissan Leaf)
196
Volkswagen full-electric powertrain
(Volkswagen e-Golf)
150
Hyundai-Kia full-electric powertrain
(Hyundai Ioniq)
92

Winner's Interview

Cars

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LUDICROUS MODE SENDS 510PS TO THE REAR WHEELS

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TESLA HAS WON THIS AWARD IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

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THE MODEL S P100D OFFERS 613KM ON THE NEDC

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TESLA TOPPED AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE GROUP

❝ Tesla continues to lead the way in terms of both EV driving range and outright performance ❞

Dave Humphreys, Complete Car

Review

Technical Specification
Tesla Model S P100D

  • electric motors: three-phase, fourpole AC induction
  • power output: 510ps rear, 263ps front (569kW)
  • torque output: 967Nm
  • range: 613km (381 miles)
The Electric Powertrain grouping is gathering momentum as arguably the most compelling and eye-opening of all here as battery power continues to convert the most die-hard automotive purists with its ability to deliver lightning speed and breathtaking instant torque that can put even heavyweight V8s and V12s to shame.

As more OEMs enter the BEV ring (including ICE thoroughbred Ferrari, which is quietly developing plans for a future in electrification), each one is still vying to beat the undisputed champion, Tesla, which won last year’s inaugural award, as well as winning our Green Engine award for five years running. This year, the Californian tech company took the top prize by a margin of 127 points – leading a formidable pack comprising BMW’s impressive i3S, the Nissan Leaf and the VW e-Golf, to name a few.

The full-electric powertrains found in Tesla’s Model S and Model X SUV have been unrivalled when it comes to both performance and driving range, and its upcoming Model 3 will surely be just as category-defining when it finally arrives.

However, it was the high-tech dual-motor powertrain found in the Model S P100D, fitted with Ludicrous mode, which truly blew judges away. With a 100kWh lithium-ion battery providing 510ps to the rear wheels and 263ps to the front wheels it is one of the world’s fastest accelerating cars, with a stomach-clenching 0-100km/h time of just 2.5 seconds and 967Nm of unrelenting torque.

This performance, as well as a range of 613km (381 miles) on NEDC and not a single molecule of CO2 emitted from the car – all generated from the same battery technology that powers our cell phones – is something to be marvelled at, and makes it a worthy winner of this title.

Motoring journalist Angus MacKenzie says Tesla’s creation is “still the benchmark EV powertrain”, and Yogendra Pratap of Auto Today in India echoed similar praise by claiming it is “the gold standard and flag bearer for electric powertrains”.