Modern eletric motors are getting small and lighter, more powerful with more torque. Switch to rear wheel drive and have two rear motors integral if possible to the wheel hub. No rear brakes other than electrically generated regenerative braking or in emergnecies "motor stall" braking forces. Normal front brakes. No drive shafts, CV joints, gearbox etc. Just the motor control unit, recharging unit, compressor.
One problem with fitting the electric motors at the wheel hubs is it increases the "unsprung weight" which has a negative affect on road holding, putting more strain on shock absorbers etc. trying to keep the wheels in contact with the road.
Hence some of the benefits of alloy wheels and inboard brakes.