Ever since the invention of the first car in the early 20th century, the world went crazy about automobiles and automakers have been battling for the throne of best car maker through constant innovation and technology improvements. For decades, electric cars and other types of vehicles were mocked for their limited and slow speed and high cost efficiency. But things have drastically changed over the last decade and the fastest cars in the world today run on electricity.
The electric vehicles (EV) revolution started with a small California-based company investing in the hopeless concept of EV. That small company is today’s most successful and largest producer of electric cars and goes by the name Tesla Motors. Tesla first caught the car enthusiasts’ attention with the introduction of Tesla Roadster in 2008. The first electric sports car was followed by Tesla Model S, an electric luxury sedan introduced in 2012, and the rest is history.
One of the reasons why electric cars offer significant improvements over the traditional engines is that they offer 100% of available torque from a standstill. The conventional gas vehicles cannot match this amazing improvement. And since a car’s quickness is rated by how fast does it go from 0 to 60 mp/h, some electric cars can give the world’s fastest Ferrari, Lamborghini or Bugatti a run for their money in a drag race.
Quickest Electric Cars In The World
It’s completely normal to find this piece of information hard to believe, but we’re here to enlighten you. We’ve complied a list of the world’s fastest electric cars and also included in how many minutes can they go from 0-60 mp/h. However, we rank only high performance electric vehicles that are available on the market, so you won’t find any prototypes, one-of-a-kind or million-dollar EVs. Without further ado, let’s find out the world’s fastest electric cars.
Tesla Model S P100d – 0-60 Mp/H In 2.5 Seconds
While the standard Tesla Model S is the most successful mass-produced electric car in the world, Tesla Model S P100D is also the fastest electric car your money can buy. The limited edition of LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder may offer an incredible speed, but compared to Tesla’s beauty, they fall short in many categories. They cost over a million, cannot be bought new, they’re two seaters and offer no comfort and luggage space. Tesla Model S P100D, on the other hand, can seat up 5 adults and 2 children and has additional luggage capacity.
At a surprising starting price of $134,500, we can say that Tesla Model S P100D is affordable for all those who want their car to reach a speed of 60 mp/h in only 2.5 seconds. This car offers a top speed of 155 mp/h and houses a 100 kWh battery with electric range of 315 miles when fully charged. Also, it may not be the first car to operate without driver’s input, but the P100D comes with an Autopilot mode now safer than ever.
Tesla Roadster 2.5 S – 0-60 mp/h in 3.7 seconds
The car that played the crucial role in changing the mind of all cynics about electric cars and the first highway legal all-electric sports car makes this list as the second fastest production electric car in the world. This 2010 model of the Tesla Roadster can reach a speed of 60 mp/h in a mere of 3.7 seconds, while the standard version in 3.9. But that’s not the only difference between the standard and the sports model. The 2.5 S comes with improved seats with bettered lumber support, a quieter cabin by re-adjusting several different measures and a new design for the rear air diffuser.
Although this model is not currently in production and cannot be bought new, a new and updated model is expected to hit the market by 2019. Besides its neck-snapping tendency when accelerating, the Tesla Roadster 2.5 S offers a comfortable, smooth and quiet ride. At a price of $109,000, this car is a full package.
BMW i8 – 0-60 mp/h in 4.4 seconds
BMW i8 is one of the most popular BMW models of “Project i” and it is the fastest one too. Being one of the world’s most reliable brands has helped BMW to earn trust among their huge client base in their latest product – the all-electric cars. But the worth of BMW i8 is not just its elegant, stylish and luxurious design. This beauty of a car can go 60 mp/h in only 4.4 seconds, which makes it only the third fastest production electric car, and can also reach a top speed of 155 mp/h.
With a futuristic design and an amazing black & blue color combination, the BMW i8 looks like a concept car that was stolen from a car show. Yet, it is available for sale at a whooping price of $141,000, so anyone with a bank account with a few 0s extra to spend can afford this sports yet luxurious, conventional yet futuristic-looking electric car.
Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid – 0-60 mp/h in 5.2 seconds
Unlike the other entries on our list, the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid is much bigger and much more powerful, yet the fourth fastest electric car. That is because it features two engines: one supercharged V6 and one 94bhp electric motor. This enormous Porsche does not only exceed the expectations of every average Joe in terms of speed, but it also provides a decent fuel economy. Powered by an electric motor of 410 bhp (310 kW), the Panamera S E-hybrid can reach 60 in only 5.2 seconds and its top speed is 84 mph. That is, in all-electric mode.
Its battery is fully charged in about 2 and a half hours from a fast 240V power source. E-Power mode is the default on start up and provides a basic ride, while petrol-engine mode increases all of its performances. The price of this fast and powerful machine by Porsche starts from $99,975.
Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid – 0-60 mp/h in 5.4 seconds
Another plug-in hybrid and another Porsche on this list and that’s because Porsche is a serious competitor on the electric cars market. The Cayenne S E-hybrid is a great mixture of off-road ability, luxurious ride, sports-car performance and cost-efficiency. Except the great cost-efficiency, that’s everything you’d expect from a Porsche SUV. The Sport model features a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and 420 hp. This plug-in hybrid has an electric range of 14 miles and that is probably its worst and most disappointing thing about it.
This Porsche’s E-hybrid can go 60 in 5.4 seconds and it can go as fast as 151 mp/h. Compared to previous Porsche electric models, the Cayenne S E-hybrid offers a 20% increased fuel consumption. With a price of $78,700, one cannot ask for anything more of an e-hybrid SUV than everything Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid has to offer.