Rapid acceleration is one thing that is common to almost all electric vehicles. Whether it’s the Tesla Model 3, which outperforms the McLaren F1, the 2,000-horsepower Remac Nevera, or the Porsche Taycan, which launches a family of four with luggage up to 60 in 3 seconds, most EVs are very fast.
And without gear changes (Porsche Taycan is technically excluded), the way an electric vehicle fires from the line is different from that powered by an internal combustion engine.
Also useful here is how the electric motor provides maximum torque from zero rpm as the revs increase, rather than building its supply. With all-wheel drive and heavy batteries, the electric vehicle is one of the fastest on the market today.
Here are the 10 fastest accelerating electric cars currently available.
One of Brock’s new kids, Nevera is a production-ready version of the Rimac C_Two concept that we first saw in 2018.
With 1,900 horsepower at its disposal and a T-shaped 120kWh battery between and behind the driver and passenger seat, Nevera can reach 60mph in the alleged 1.85 seconds.
The Croatian Hypercar is also the current holder of a 1/4 mile record of production, reaching 167mph in 8.58 seconds. According to Tesla, the 1/4 mile time for the Model S plaid is 9.23 seconds.
Automobili Pininfarina Batista
As Audi and Porsche are involved, Battistia by Automobili Pininfarina shares much of its drivetrain with Rimac Nevera.
This means a similar 1,900 horsepower output from an all-wheel drive system and a 0-60mph sprint time of about 1.9 seconds.
The Batista also has an impressive top speed of 217mph, a claimed range (perhaps more calm when driven) of 280 miles, and can sprint from rest to 186mph (300km / h) within 12 seconds.
Production will begin shortly and is limited to only 150 cases worldwide.
Tesla Model S Plaid
The Tesla Model S has been the king of speed since its introduction in 2012, and its latest incarnation is really rapid.
It will not be available in the UK until the end of 2022, but the Model S plaid is now available in the US. With taps from the new Trimotor drivetrain over 1,000 hp, the Model S Plaid claims a 0-60mph time of 1.99 seconds.
Obviously, this is ridiculously fast. But that’s also a bit misleading, as Tesla estimates the acceleration time with a one-foot rollout. Therefore, the stopwatch will not start until the car starts moving and covers 12 inches. See it more as 6-60mph time.
Tesla Model X Plaid
This is a story similar to the Tesla Model X. The Tesla Model X has also recently been plaid and promises a 2.5 second zero (issue) to 60mph time.
Even if Tesla employs a one-foot rollout, that means a seven-seater will sprint to 60 as fast as an F1 car.
The regular long-range version covers 0-60 sprints in 3.8 seconds as an indication of how fast a plaid upgrade can make the Model X faster.
Lucid, another American electric car startup, finally announced a commercial version of its first car, Air, in late 2020.
The Tesla Model S’s rival, the Lucid Air, delivers up to 1,080 horsepower in just 2.5 seconds and 0-60mph.
Lucid also claims a 1/4 mile time of 9.9 seconds at 144mph and an EPA estimate of 517 miles from a less powerful version of Air.
Probably the toughest competition ever raised against the Tesla Model S, Lucid Air is scheduled for late 2021 at prices ranging from $ 95,000 to $ 169,000.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
- 0-62mph (100km / h): 2.8 seconds
The most powerful version of Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle has an estimated 0-62mph (100km / h) time of 2.8 seconds. However, Porsche is famously conservative for its unique performance figures, and some testers have seen the Taycan reach 60mph in just 2.4 seconds.
Unusually, the Taycan has a two-speed gearbox that uses the first gear when launch control is activated, helping the car get out of stop as soon as possible.
After that, the Taycan shifts up to 2nd gear, and the synthetic shift sound from the speaker is heard.
- 0-60mph: less than 3.0 seconds
Backed by investment from Geely, the resurrected Lotus flagship Evija is a 1,972 horsepower all-electric hypercar.
The output supplied to the road through the four electric motors is like each wheel being more powerful than the previous Road Going Lotus.
Lotus hasn’t promised a specific 0-60mph time yet, instead says Evija takes less than 3 seconds. Given the enormous power, the time seems to be much closer to 2 seconds than 3 seconds.
Even more impressive is the claimed 0-186mph time of 9 seconds. Nine. Equipped with a small and lightweight 70kWh battery pack, it can be 25% faster than the Pininfarina Batista mentioned above.
Audi R Se-tron GT
A close relative of the sister company Audi Porsche Taycan says the RS e-tron GT has a 0-60mph time of 3.0 seconds.
Not as fast as the Taycan Turbo S, but it’s hard to imagine the Volkswagen Group enabling an electric Audi Super Saloon faster than a Porsche that shares a drivetrain.
That said, some testers saw 60mph from the RS e-tron GT in less than 2.9 seconds, so Audi also seems to underestimate its performance statistics. As usual, these numbers depend on the tires, road surface and ambient temperature.
With a shift from supercars, we now have an R1T electric pickup truck from US startup Rivian.
Introduced in the Long Way Up on Apple TV +, the R1T will arrive with buyers in late 2021 and promises 3.0 seconds of 0-60mph thanks to the quad motor drivetrain and 800 horsepower. ..
Rivian plans to follow the R1T with the R1S, an electric SUV that is built on the same platform and offers the same level of linear performance and off-road capabilities.
Tesla model 3
Let’s go back to Tesla and go back to Model 3. Model 3 has a 0-60mph time of just 3.1 seconds when the flagship performance variant is selected.
The Model 3’s acceleration was specific because it previously matched the 3.2-second sprint time of the McLaren F1 supercar once owned (and crashed) by Elon Musk before losing a tenth in the software update. I always feel that it is important for age car enthusiasts. ..
Tesla hasn’t announced plans for the Model 3 plaid yet, but it’s not surprising to see it follow the Models S and X in the coming years.