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Here are ten of the fastest 'everyday' electric cars
Nowadays EVs are known for being especially accelerative. It seems that every week, almost, another manufacturer you’ve never heard of (and will never hear from again) is promising that its “revolutionary” hyper-EV will hit 100kph in less time than it takes you to roll your eyes in disbelief. But just how fast are the EVs you can actually buy? The cars that already exist in dealerships, don’t cost a fortune and won’t draw the ire of other motorists? The Rimacs, Tesla Roadsters, Aspark Owls and Nio EP9s of this world are all well and good, but they’re not exactly mass market. So, here’s a ten-car snapshot of today’s pure EV market – here in Britain and across the Atlantic – based entirely on how quickly they accelerate. Range shmange.
Nissan Leaf: 0-100kph in 7.9 seconds
“Efficient EV has all the range most people need. Green. Affordable to buy, cheap to own. Silent, smooth power. Enough space."
Kia e-Niro: 0-100kph in 7.8 seconds
“The car gives you options and rewards skill and anticipation to get the best range. In a world of average speed cameras and congestion that are nothing but frustration in performance cars, I reckon working with an EV like this adds an interesting dimension to driving.”
Hyundai Kona Electric: 0-100kph in 7.6 seconds
“A proper tipping point BEV: genuine 480-kilometre (ish) range in a small SUV for under Rs 28 lakh. Consider it.”
BMW i3S: 0-100kph in 6.9 seconds
“A hopped-up i3 with visual and handling tweaks. Sounds like it won’t make a difference, but it does: great fun, but expensive.”
Chevrolet Bolt EV: 0-100kph in 6.5 seconds
Clever little EV promises more than 320 kilometres of range and 200bhp, all for under Rs 28 lakh including incentives.
Audi e-tron: 0-100kph in 5.7 seconds
“Looking to set a tentative foot into the future? This is the safest stepping stone yet.”
Jaguar I-Pace: 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds
“Jaguar is a manufacturer laden with heritage that’s had to unshackle itself from the past to really address the future. Time will tell whether the world is ready for a Rs 55 lakh plug-in Jag. Either way it feels like the start of something big.”
Tesla Model 3 Performance: 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds
“Everything Tesla has done up to this point has been building towards the Model 3… and it’s been worth it.”
Tesla Model X P100D: 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds
“Tesla invents new doors, adds extra seats. Charges the earth. It’s lifestyle, not value for money.”
Tesla Model S P100D: 0-100kph in 2.5 seconds
“At its most basic level, this is a simple car: an all-electric saloon. It also happens to be the car that has established Tesla as a force to be reckoned with. Because while the Lotus-based Roadster put the Californian firm on the map, it’s this one that has to gain the hard yards and convince buyers that this relatively new start-up deserves to stand alongside the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.”