Electric drive is finding applications in many new land-based systems, ranging from heavy armored vehicles to public transportation buses and automobiles. The development of these electric drive systems has been made possible, largely due to significant advances in the design of motors, generators and power electronics. While these advances have allowed designers to proceed with the development of operational vehicles, further developments are now being considered for application to future land vehicle concepts, beyond the scope of present programs. The present paper discusses the issues associated with the development of new types of motors that are appropriate for the particular requirements of land vehicle traction. The paper also discusses new concepts for advanced solid-state power electronics, which will be required for future electric drive vehicles.