Are Electric Cars Fast? Fastest Electric Cars In The World!

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Why Are Electric Cars So Fast? Are EVs Faster Than Internal Combustion Engines (ICE)?

The days of slow moving electric milk floats are long over. Electric cars, in particular, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), are fast and in many cases have faster acceleration than conventional petrol and diesel internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. In fact, most pure electric cars are more efficient compared to internal combustion engines with a similar horsepower.  

The primary reason for the superior acceleration in all-electric cars, is that, electric vehicles (EVs) deliver ‘peak or maximum torque’ instantaneously, producing immediate acceleration (also referred to as instant torque). However, petrol and diesel cars take time to reach maximum or peak torque. In particular, diesel cars are known for being sluggish. The better torque performance of electric cars, further contributes to the ‘fun factor’ in driving EVs compared to conventional cars. The higher the torque, the faster the acceleration. For avoidance of doubt, acceleration and maximum speed are different concepts. Bottom-line, an EV can achieve superior acceleration without any noise or tailpipe pollution!

It is also worth noting, that in general, the latest pure electric cars are aerodynamically very efficient. As an example, the all-electric Lightyear One has drag coefficient Cd of 0.197. In fact, the automotive company claims to have the best aerodynamic coefficient of any car currently available. To further improve the efficiency of electric vehicles, automotive manufacturers are also incorporating lighter materials in the production of an EV. Again, as an example, the Lightyear One solar car, incorporates, aluminium and carbon fire to reduce the weight of the electric car, which also helps compensate for the additional weight of the onboard EV battery.

Acceleration Of ‘Everyday’ Pure Electric Cars?

Some electric cars offer mind-boggling acceleration. A good example is the all-electric Tesla Roadster, that can achieve 0-62 mph in a mere 1.9 seconds. Another example is the all-electric Lotus Evija Hypercar, which can achieve 0-62 mph in under 3 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 9.1 seconds. In reality, only a few of us will own these fast electric cars. However, the good news is that even ‘everyday’ pure electric cars offer acceleration worth noting! Below are some examples of pure electric cars, far more ‘price accessible’ for a wider consumer base. The majority of EVs listed below can achieve 0-62 mph in under 5 seconds. Now, that is impressive!

Fast Electric Cars 0-62 MPH
Audi SQ8 e-tron Sportback4.5 seconds
Audi RS e-tron GT3.3 seconds
BMW i74.7 seconds
Ford Mustang Mach-E6.9 seconds
Jaguar I-PACE4.5 seconds
Kia EV6 GT3.5 seconds
Lotus Eletre4.5 seconds
Mercedes-Benz EQE3.5 seconds
Polestar 34.9 seconds
Porsche Taycan5.1 seconds
Rolls-Royce Spectre4.4 seconds
Tesla Model Y3.5 seconds
Volvo EX904.7 seconds

Fastest Pure Electric Cars: Top 5

Tesla Roadster
All-Electric Tesla Roadster (credit: Tesla)

Fastest Electric Cars: Top 50-60 MPH
Aspark Owl1.69 seconds
Rimac Nevera1.85 seconds
Tesla Roadster1.9 seconds
Deus Vayanne1.99 seconds
Pininfarina Battista2.0 seconds

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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