Electric cars are causing shockwaves across the car industry with disruptive new vehicles.
Tesla mounted the assault with the stunning Model S and Model X cars which completely changed the appearance of an EV to the public.
Some of the new electric cars that have launched across the world over the past few years have challenged if not beaten some hyper or supercars.
CarBuyer has complied a list of the fastest electric cars currently on sale which you can buy, if your pockets are deep enough.
Tesla Roadster can accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds
Topping the list is the Tesla Roadster which only made its debut a week ago and doesn’t actually go on sale until 2020. When it does, however, it will become the world’s fastest car.
Tesla’s claimed figures seem otherworldly on paper: 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds and 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds are acceleration times more commonly experienced by Formula 1 or World Rallycross drivers, while the claimed top speed of around 250mph is faster than either.
A standing quarter mile is said to take just 8.9 seconds – the fastest time ever for production car if accurate.It’s not all about speed, though; a range of 620 miles is claimed, there’s space for four at a push thanks to a 2+2 layout and luggage space is said to be decent, too.
Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday Future are having a tough time at the moment and whether or not the FF 91 will ever make it into production is still up in the air as the owners battle major financial issue.
In July 2017, the FF 91 beat the previous record for a production EV at the Pikes Peak hill climb in the US by 20 seconds. The production model will pack a 130kWh battery. It produces 1,050bhp and gives the car a range of more than 300 miles – and a phenomenal 0-60mph time of 2.39 seconds.
If Faraday Future can solve its problems and establish a factory – something it’s failed to do so far – then it could give Tesla Model S customers something to think about.
Tesla Model S P100D is the company’s current flagship car
It’s not just the Tesla Model S P100D’s 2.4-second 0-60mph time that’s impressive. It’s also the fact that the Model S is a large, comfortable executive saloon car that offers a huge amount of interior space – indeed, buyers can choose a seven-seat option that sees a pair of small folding seats installed in the boot.
The flagship P100D version of the Model S gained a new ‘Ludicrous+’ performance mode – it really is called that – in early 2017, making it the fastest-accelerating electric car money can currently buy.
Rimac Concept One became more famous after Richard Hammond crashed one
Rimac Concept One
The Rimac Concept One is among the most famous electric supercars, largely thanks to a well publicised crash involving Richard Hammond earlier this year.
Concept One is the second-fastest accelerating electric car you can buy today, with a 0-62mph time of just 2.5 seconds thanks to the 1,224bhp it produces and its four electric motors mounted to each wheel.
Just eight Concept Ones were built, with a price tag of nearly £900,000 apiece.
Nio EP9 holds a Nurburgring world record
Much like the Rimac the Nio has a motor fitted into each wheel but produces more toal power with 1,341bhp.
There’s little or nothing between their acceleration times. That’s because Rimac quotes a 0-60mph time, while Nio quotes 0-62mph. That makes the Nio’s 2.5-second time too close to call.
Earlier this year the Nio EP9 lapped the Nürburgring in a remarkable 6m 49.5s, something which leads Nio to claim the EP9 as the world’s fastest electric car. Just 16 will be built, costing the best part of £1 million a pop.
Vanda Dendrobium is named after an orchid
It’s the least conventional car on this list and its name is as bizarre as its styling and design which was named after a flower sharing the same name.
The simultaneous opening of its rear-hinged doors and roof, is said to be reminiscent of the opening dendrobium orchid flower the car is named after.
Although no production date has been set, the Dendrobium will likely cost you more than £1 million.
Williams Advanced Engineering has been brought in to develop the battery, motors and electrical systems, which lends the project huge credibility.
Vanda says the Dendrobium will cover the 0-60mph benchmark in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of more than 200mph.
Tesla Model X is the world’s fastest SUV
It’s surprising to see a seven-seat electric SUV on this list, but less surprising once you realise it’s a Tesla.
Known for its falcon wing doors and breakneck acceleration which is taken car of by the flagship P100D offers the Ludicrous+ mode, which cuts the 2.9-seconds.
This makes it the world’s fastest SUV.
Aston Martin RapidE is coming in 2019
Aston Martin RapidE
Confirmed to hit the roads in 2019, the Aston Martin RapidE is shaping up to be the upmarket alternative to the Tesla Model S. As its (slightly awkward) name suggests, it’ll be based on the Aston Martin Rapide S, but the familiar 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine will be replaced by a fully electric powertrain, co-developed by the technology division of the Williams Formula One team.
Few official details are forthcoming, but it’s understood power could top 1,000bhp and the car will be four-wheel drive – necessary to ensure the RapidE’s 0-62mph time is around the three-second mark we expect. While the V12 soundtrack will be replaced with silence, the rest of the RapidE is expected to be textbook Aston, with plenty of bespoke materials lending a luxurious air befitting its likely £200,000-plus price tag.
It looks like a Corvette and goes like a Corvette, but the Genovation GXE certainly doesn’t sound like one. That’s because where you’d usually find a big 7.0-litre V8 engine, there is instead a plethora of electrical components making the GXE the world’s first street-legal electric car to top 200mph. Genovation doesn’t quote an official 0-60mph time, although a figure of around three seconds is likely. Top speed is 209mph.
That car used the previous C6 generation of Corvette, but production models will be based on the current C7 Corvette Stingray. It certainly offers incredible performance, but a list price of around £570,000 means you could buy nine equally fast Corvette Z06 supercars and still have change.