What’s the point of a blazing electric vehicle if you need a mad scientist to power it up every morning? Indeed, the most blistering battery rides have fallen into the category of interesting but not viable over the years. The good news is automakers from Porsche to BMW have recognized the sexiness and speed capabilities of electric powertrains.
As a result, there are electric cars finally showing up on the lists of fastest cars in the world. Furthermore, automakers are not embarrassed about adding electric motors to cars once considered the ultimate in luxury and performance. Everyone loves a supercar, no matter what powers it.
Here are the seven fastest electric vehicles either in production or about to go into production in the coming year. If the car is a hybrid with electric-only range, the car’s 0-60 time is considered only when powered by its electric motors.
7. Fisker Karma (7.9 seconds in “Stealth Mode”)
After production delays, public embarrassments and the like, Fisker did manage to get its plug-in supercar on the road. By the end of its run (which ended in bankruptcy), about 2,500 models of the Karma sold. The Karma offered 403 hp from two electric motors that allowed the supercar to offer a “stealth” setting that ran quiet yet fast. In that setting, the Fisker could go from 0-60 in 7.9 seconds.
6. BMW i3 (7.2 seconds)
It may not have met the “Ultimate Driving Machine” standard Elon Musk and others expected of it, but the BMW i3 is officially one of the fastest electric cars to make it to production. It can go from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds using the electric motors capable of 170 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque. In terms of range, the BMW i3 was rated at 81 miles by the EPA, which slots it in the top ten on U.S. roads.
5. Toyota RAV4 EV (7 seconds)
When news broke that Toyota would no longer get battery packsd from Tesla for is RAV4 EV, the all-electric crossover had its bleak future written. However, while it remains on sale, consumers have access to an EV with one of the longest ranges (103 miles) and the fastest 0-60 times (7 seconds). The RAV4 EV makes it happen with 154 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque in Sport Mode.
4. Porsche 918 Spyder with Weissach package (6.1 seconds electric)
If the Porsche 918 Spyder is to be considered an EV, then this million-dollar supercar will have to stake its reputation on the 12 miles of all-electric range it can cover. With the Weissach package, the Spyder’s curb weight shrinks by nearly 100 pounds and allows the car to go 0-60 on electric power in 6.1 seconds. It may not be the 2.8 seconds the Spyder can race with the wrath of its full 887 horespower, but the 279 hp from electric power sources help the supercar along quite nicely.
3. Model S 85 kWh Performance (4.2 seconds)
The Tesla Model S may be pricey ($70K to $93K base MSRP), but it remains the only performance electric car that non-millionaires can afford. With the 85 kWh model and performance package ($93,400), the Model S serves up 416 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. This muscle allows the Tesla to go 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, making it the most powerful electric vehicle currently in production. It’s got range as well, with the potential to travel 265 miles on a full charge.
2. Tesla Roadster Sport (3.7 seconds)
So far, no production electric car has surpassed what the Tesla Roadster did in the previous decade. All told, Tesla sold about 2,500 models of its slick Roadster that could go from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds with the Sport package. It was far more than brawn that launched the original Tesla so quickly. It maxed out at 288 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque.
1. Rimac Concept_One (2.8 seconds)
Well, the Rimac Concept_One is slated to go into production in early 2015 with a first run of 88, so the world will have its first look at a super all-electric car. Packing four electric motors capable of 1088 horsepower, the Concept_One has been clocked going from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. That performance would quickly slot the Rimac into the top five fastest electric cars in the world — production, experimental, or what have you.
In fact, a 0-60 time of 2.8 would put the Concept_One in the top twenty of all production vehicles, allowing an electric car to play ball with the world’s fastest. It would slot in ahead of the Koenigsegg Agera R and just behind the Lamborghini Murcielago “SuperVeloce” (yes, that means “killer fast”).
What’s as impressive as the power and speed of this car? Its range would be record-setting. The Rimac Concept_One is supposed to get 373 miles on a full charge, which would make it over 100 miles better than the 85 kWh Tesla Model S.