Guinness World Records Names the Slowest and Smallest Electric Car in the World

EVs will someday overtake their gas-guzzling brethren, but electric cars have a few hurdles to overcome before the masses embrace them. One factor is that some EVs are ugly, while the other is their lack of speed. Though some EVs are fast, they usually come with bloated price tags the average consumer can’t afford. Then there’s the Peel P50.

The teeny Peel P50 has appeared in the Guinness World Records as the world’s smallest production car. It also holds the title of the smallest real-world car in a video game. But this EV can’t outpace a hare.

Here are some of the fastest and slowest electric cars.

You’ve never done the electric slide this fast

Love them or hate them, some electric vehicles prove they’re both marketable and speedy. The 2022 Rimac Nevera electric hypercar is one such example. MotorTrend notes the car can hit 258 mph and go from 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars in the world. 

It carries an eye-watering price tag of $2.4 million, meaning only the hyper-rich can afford it. The Nevera packs four house-built permanent-magnet electric motors, harnessing a combined 1,914 hp and 1,741 lb-ft of torque. Rimac reported it expects the Nevera to get 340 miles of range, but after a test drive, MotorTrend thinks that number is closer to 150 to 200 miles.

Another hypercar that shows what an EV can do is the Aspark Owl. According to Car and Driver, the Owl can hit 60 mph in 1.7 seconds. Or that’s what Aspark has reported, anyway. 

The Owl’s four electric motors generate 1,984 hp and 1,475 lb-ft of torque. It’s reported the Owl will get 280 miles of range. It’s priced at $3.2 million, and Aspark produced only 50.

Meet the wee Peel P50, the slowest of the slow

The Peel P50, the world's smallest production car, in London in 2012
The Peel P50, the world’s smallest production car, in London in 2012 | Obank/Connellan/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Some cars just aren’t designed for speed, which seems to be the case with the Peel P50. According to alt_driver, the P50 is produced by Peel Engineering. Not only does it hold the record for the world’s smallest car, but it’s also the slowest. It can reach an astonishing speed of 28 mph. Considering a lion can run 50 mph, this is not the vehicle you want to take on a safari.

The Peel P50 comes equipped with a moped engine, which explains the lack of speed. In fact, it has a lot in common with a moped, except it’s an actual car with windows and a frame that protects occupants from the elements. 

The original P50 weighed a mere 130 pounds. You might wonder why anyone would want a vehicle that is both slow and so lightweight someone could bench-press it. But considering there aren’t that many on the road, it’s clear this isn’t exactly a popular choice.

These runners-up are only slightly faster than the Peel P50

Another car that is both slow and tiny is the 2017 Smart Fortwo. Car and Driver reports this tiny hatchback is equipped with an inline-three engine making only 89 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque. The Smart Fortwo takes a full 9.6 seconds to reach 60 mph.

The 2017 Mitsubishi I-MiEV is the third runner-up of the slowest EVs to hit the market. Like the P50 and Fortwo, the I-MiEV is tiny. According to C/D, its electric engine generates 66 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. This EV takes a leisurely 9.2 seconds to reach 60 mph. 

Inside EVs ranks the 2021 Tesla S Plaid the fastest EV, while the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq comes in dead last with a 0-60 time of 10 seconds. Thanks to the burgeoning demand for EVs, their speeds will likely continue to increase. Whether any of those will be affordable enough that everyone can purchase one remains to be seen.

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