Best configuration for an EV
Given the long and very involved issue with having charging stations everywhere that can even manage a full charge in about 10 minutes (comparable to a gas fill-up) the car designers tell me that the best configuration for an EV car (with batteries and hookup for charging) is as follows - 1. motor at each wheel to provide lighter weight and more space and 2. the big difference, an onboard one cylinder ICE power generator (located in the front) that would use gas with maybe hydrogen later that would charge the batteries when they drop below a certain level. This advantage means that all you need to do is stop at a gas station to fill the generator's tank and still do overnight charging at home. Thus, you get unlimited range. Whoever does this first will win the EV race. This is not a new idea - the trains have been using diesel generators powering the electric motors for decades.
Jim Murphy commented
Maybe the automakers will figure this out soon . . . .