The fu­ture

Go! Camp & Drive - - 4x4 Professor -

The fourth type of 4WD sys­tem is co­in­ci­den­tally the old­est. The Spyker broth­ers may have in­vented the me­chan­i­cal drive but it was the il­lus­tri­ous en­gi­neer Fer­di­nand Porsche who in 1899 used four elec­tric mo­tors to each power the four wheels of a small truck. Elec­tric ve­hi­cles were all the rage dur­ing the turn of the 19th cen­tury, and were it not for in­ad­e­quate bat­ter­ies at the time, in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines would never have be­come as es­tab­lished as they did. But the elec­tric car is mak­ing a comeback thanks to peo­ple like Elon Musk and im­proved bat­tery tech­nol­ogy that al­lows for greater range per charge. For­give me if I sound heart­less but your bur­bling V8 is fast be­com­ing ob­so­lete. The time is ap­proach­ing when you’ll have to trade your gnarly bundu basher for a whirring elec­tric job­bie. But don’t de­spair; elec­tric mo­tors are known for mak­ing huge amounts of torque quickly. The po­ten­tial there­fore ex­ists that an elec­tric 4WD off-roader may one day be equal or even more ca­pa­ble than cur­rent gas guz­zlers. Pro­vided the next gen­er­a­tion are as in to of­froad­ing as we are.

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