I’m not going to lie – purely electric vehicles do have some limitations such as a lower range and larger weight, but unlike traditional engine vehicles they do have the advantage of having all their torque available from standstill. This characteristic means that electric cars can often out-accelerate their traditional counterparts, particularly at lower speeds. Here’s my list of the best high performance electric cars, ranked in order of their 0-100kph times from slowest to fastest.
Honda Fit EV
With 123hp and 189lb-ft of torque, the Honda Fit EV is actually quicker than many subcompacts and it outperforms other electric cars which did not make the list: Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Kia Soul EV, Nissan LEAF, smart fortwo electric drive, and the Volkswagen e-Golf.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
The B-Class Electric Drive by Mercedes-Benz is a deceivingly large car, with loads of interior space, especially in the back seat thanks to its sliding rear seat. With an electric motor and battery built by Tesla, the B-Class Electric Drive offers 177hp and 251lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet Spark EV
While General Motors is no stranger to the landscape of electric cars thanks to their 1997 EV1 and the new Spark is powered by a 140hp motor which generates a powerful 327lb-ft of torque.
Unlike many of the cars at its price point, the i3 is mostly made out of carbon fibre which helps keep its weight down. The lighter weight helps the 170hp, 184lb-ft engine feel more powerful than it really is and even though it isn’t one of t n he sportier BMWs, it will certainly help you race home to your favourite horse racing betting sites.
Toyota RAV4 EV
Tesla provided the electric drivetrains for the new Toyota RAV4 EV which generates 153hp and 273lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the RAV4 EV is only available as a front wheel drive model, but the large cargo space might just make up for this!
Tesla Model S
Not only is the Tesla Model S the fastest of the all 4-door electric vehicles, it’s arguably the most luxurious and has the widest range of all the vehicles on this list. With an impressive 362hp and 325lb-ft of torque, the Model S comes in an 85kW and a 60kW model.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive
The SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive’s batteries are stored in a specially designed centre tunnel and power is sent to all four wheels. With 740hp and 738lb-ft of torque, this beast of a vehicle lapped Germany’s Nurburgring in less than 8 minutes.
Tesla Roadster Sport
Said to be lightly based on the Lotus Elise, the Tesla Roadster Sport is made-up of an aluminium tub with a body made almost entirely out of carbon fibre. However, with only 299hp and 295lb-ft of torque, it’s difficult to believe that the Roadster Sport is as fast as it is.
Commuter Cars Tango
While the Tango might look strange – it’s incredibly narrow – it sure is fast. Powered by 2 DC motors that each drives one of the rear wheels, generating over 3000lb-ft of torque, the Tango only has two seats and a tiny luggage compartment.