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Here are 12 electric sports cars available now or in the near future

For when money’s no object and the sky’s the limit on zero-emission performance

Pininfarina Battista
  1. Rimac Nevera

    Rimac Nevera

    You’ll likely be familiar with Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac by now, if only because of his electric sports car company Rimac Automobili. And if you are, you’ll likely also be familiar with his Rimac Nevera hypercar, the name for which comes from the Croatian word for an electrically charged storm, nevera, which has been known to batter coastlines at speeds of up to 155mph. Breezy.

    But the road-going Nevera can top even that: courtesy of a 120kWh battery, four electric motors, 1,914bhp and 1,740lb ft of torque, it’s capable of 0-60mph in 1.85 seconds, 100mph in 4.3s, and 186mph in 9.3s, on to 258mph. Less a storm, more a hurricane, then…

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  2. Pininfarina Battista

    Pininfarina Battista

    “The Pininfarina Battista is a triumph for what it set out to achieve. It’s beautiful, and so violently fast you will never get used to it,” concluded Jack Rix when he headed to the rich person’s playground, aka Miami, to test the Pininfarina Battista

    Under the Italian-sketched skin you’ll find the same electric gubbins as in the Nevera (the Croatian company supplies them), similar mind-blowing performance, and a limited run of just 150 units – plus a price tag of around £2 million apiece. But be honest, you weren’t expecting zero-emission performance to come cheap, were you?

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  3. Tesla Model S Plaid

    Tesla Model S Plaid

    Tesla claims the Model S Plaid is "the quickest production car ever". Tesla also claims the Model S Plaid accelerates from zero to 60mph in 1.99 seconds... when it’s wearing the right tyres. And, if you’ve been paying attention, it will have occurred to you that Rimac and Pininfarina may well have something to say about that claim.

    But we digress. With three electric motors, 1,020bhp and 1,050lb ft, and capable of covering the quarter mile in 9.23 seconds on to a top speed of 200mph, Elon Musk’s super saloon is still astonishingly quick. Just not the outright fastest production EV as he might have you believe.

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  4. Porsche Taycan Turbo GT

    Porsche Taycan Turbo GT

    Porsche’s first all-electric car comes in many fine flavours, ranging from the single motor, RWD-only Taycan, to the twin motor, AWD Taycan Turbo S. But now there’s a new range-topper in town, namely the Taycan Turbo GT.

    The ‘standard’ Turbo GT chucks out 1,108bhp and sees off the 0-62mph sprint in 2.3 seconds, but spec the Weissach package and the rear seats are lobbed in the skip, much carbon fibre is applied, and a fixed rear wing is added to shave an extra tenth off the zero to 62mph run. Sorry kids, guess you’ll have to sit this one out.

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  5. Audi RS e-tron GT

    Audi RS e-tron GT

    Ah, the sister car to the Porsche Taycan. Based on the same platform and containing much of the same internal gubbins, we won’t get into the debate about which wears the smarter suit. Instead, we’ll focus on this being the most powerful RS model to date.

    And while its numbers are slightly less than the Taycan (particularly in new Turbo GT guise) – 637bhp, 612lb ft, 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds, top speed 155mph – there’s still little that’ll beat you off the lights. Our only disappointment? Audi isn’t following up with an estate version, a la the Taycan Cross/Sport Turismo. There’s time yet…

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  6. Lucid Air Sapphire

    Lucid Air Sapphire

    Oh goody, another electric car with all-conquering intentions born in Silicon Valley, we hear you sigh. But don’t scroll just yet, because the Lucid Air has got plenty going for it. Allow us to hit you with some serious stats… in top-spec Sapphire guise, the Air will do 0-60mph in 1.89 seconds, 0-100mph in 3.8 seconds, and the quarter mile in 8.95 seconds on its way to 205mph. Total power output, meanwhile, is 1,217bhp and 1,430lb ft. Yikes.

    So it’s quick. But it’s much more besides too, particularly when it comes to the handling department. And the firm doesn’t just want to take on Tesla, either – it’s got the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Merc S-Class in its sights too. Take note.

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  7. Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

    Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

    Say hello to the Maserati Gran Turismo Folgore, the Italian firm’s first ever pure EV. Maserati has plenty of history when it comes to GTs, of course, and the Folgore – which roughly translates as lightning or thunderbolt – promises much, including a 0-62mph time of 2.7 seconds, 750bhp from its tri-motor setup, and up to 280 miles from its 83kWh battery. 

    So far we’ve been limited to a track drive only in a late-stage prototype Folgore, but that was enough to whet the appetite. In short, it feels, acts and drives as good, if not better, than any Maserati before it. We can’t wait to have a go in the finished thing.

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  8. MG Cyberster

    MG Cyberster

    First teased in concept form back in 2021and following several spoilers on social media – the MG Cyberster finally made its debut as a fully fledged production model earlier this year at the 2024 Geneva Motor Show. With its classic roadster design, scissor doors and four cockpit screens, we reckon it more than looks the part, too.

    And the specs certainly live up to the hype on paper too: 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, a total power output of 510bhp, and a range of 277 miles from its 77kWh battery. Let’s just hope that it drops with an affordable price tag when it launches later this summer.

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  9. Caterham Project V

    Caterham Project V

    Caterham isn’t going anywhere in our new electric era, and the Project V concept is our biggest clue yet of what its future might look like. Measuring just over 4.2m long, 1.2m tall and a little under 1.9m wide, and wearing a tin top roof, it’s clearly no Seven. But we do know it’ll be lighter than just about anything else on this list.

    That’s because Caterham is putting the driving experience first and foremost, with the British firm targeting a weight of 1,190kg – unprecedentedly light for an EV and on par with an Alpine A110 – with a single motor sending 268bhp to the rear wheels and a 55kWh battery good for up to 249 miles of range. Consider our interest well and truly piqued.

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  10. Lotus Evija

    Lotus Evija

    Lotus is amid its latest grand revival, spearheaded by both its combustion-engined Emira, and this: the electric-only Emija. Set to cost a heady £2.4m, it promises four motors, four-wheel drive, 1,972bhp, 0-62mph in well under three seconds, 0-124mph in six seconds, and a top speed of over 200mph.

    Just 130 are set to be built, and a couple of years back we were allowed a go in a prototype – complete with TG-designed livery – albeit limited to just 1,600bhp, 1,250lb ft of torque and a capped top speed of 140mph. Which, as we found out, was plenty...

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  11. Aspark Owl

    Aspark Owl

    Meet the Aspark Owl. The all-electric, butterfly-doored Japanese hypercar has been a long time coming – we first saw it in 2018 – but in 2023 a prototype took to the streets of Monaco to remind us of its existence. Because, y’know, there’s only been the small matter of a global pandemic in between to distract us…

    Aspark claims that the Owl can accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.69 seconds, 0-186mph in 10.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 249mph courtesy of four motors unleashing 2,021bhp and 1,345lb ft. Spotting one will likely be as rare as spotting its namesake too: a grand total of just 50 are set to be built.

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  12. Tesla Roadster

    Tesla Roadster

    We’ve been waiting for the Tesla Roadster since 2017, when we were promised such mind-boggling performance figures as 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, 0-100mph in 4.2s, the quarter-mile in 8.8s, and a top speed somewhere above 250mph, courtesy of three electric motors. Oh, and a reported 620-mile range, thanks to a hefty 200kWh battery.

    But the original sale date of 2020 came and went, when it was pushed back to 2021, and then 2022, and then 2023… you get the picture. Come early 2024, Elon then announced that it would be capable of 0-60mph in less than a second, and it will absolutely definitely enter production in 2025. We can but wait...

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