What is it about driving fast that appeals to us so much? Is it the risk? Is it the exhilaration of flying by other cars as your speed down the highway? I’m no stranger to speed. I once got my Nissan Leaf up to 70 miles per hour on the Beltway surrounding Washington D.C. Danger Zone!!!
All-electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way over the years with regard to acceleration and speed. Most EVs on the road today can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in well under 10 seconds. Most can also reach top speeds over 100 miles per hour. This got me thinking, what are the fastest EVs out there?
I won’t try to pick an absolute hands down fastest EV, as I’m sure there is some debate and disagreement over which car is actually number one. Here are three that are certainly contenders. I am defining “fastest” to mean two things: quickest acceleration and highest top speed.
As we mentioned here, tesla will reintroduce it’s all wheel drive Roadster in 2020. This absolutely stunning vehicle will be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds and from 0 to 100 miles per hour in just over four seconds. According to Tesla founder Elon Musk, the Roadster will be able to reach an incredible top speed of 250 miles per hour! What’s even more remarkable is that this car will be able to travel over 600 miles on a single charge. As I said before, I would sell both my kidneys for one of these.
Rimac Concept 2
You may remember when The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond crashed a multimillion-dollar Rimac Concept 1 while shooting his show. We included it here in our list of five fantastic EV failures. While the Concept 1 was certainly an impressive automobile, the Concept 2 is just plain insane. With a 1,914 horsepower engine, Rimac claims that their vehicle can travel from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.85 seconds. To top it off, the Concept 2 can reach speeds of up to 258 miles per hour. Please, I’m begging you, don’t let Richard Hammond anywhere near this thing.
With its carbon fiber frame and Batmobile-resembling chassis, the Owl from Japan’s Aspark Motors is a sight to behold. Similar to the Tesla Roadster, the Owl can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in around 1.9 seconds (although Motortrend recently calculated that this number closer to 1.6 seconds). If Motortrend is correct (and they are the authority on all things vehicle-related), this would make the Owl the fastest accelerating car in the world. For the low price of around $4 million, you could be the proud owner of one of these beauties. With a top speed of around 175 miles per hour, the Owl isn’t really in competition for highest top speed, but you can’t win ’em all!
What do our readers think? Are there any other lightning quick EVs out there that I may have overlooked? Will Tesla be able to deliver the incredibly high top speeds and battery ranges it has promised for its Roadster? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.
Source | Images: Wikimedia Commons and Tesla