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This tiny EV is the fastest-accelerating car in the world

Just 1.461 seconds from 0–62mph... and presumably a while longer bragging to your friends

Published: 11 Oct 2022
 
1 minute 56 seconds

If there’s one thing the EV driving experience is renowned for, it’s the kind of acceleration that borders on bodily assault. Do all the necessary guff to get a performance EV into peak ‘watch this’ mode, and the transition from rest to rapid is so brief that it actually defines where acceleration stops being fun and starts being painful. 

Spare a thought, then, for the driver of Greenteam’s electric pocket rocket, who went from a standstill to 62mph so quickly – 1.461 seconds, to be precise – that we’re now forced to consider which verb could even apply here. Flung? Fired? Shot? Apparated? 

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In any case, for that brief moment, the driver would have been nudging 2g, if our maths is anywhere near correct – which means he would have felt twice his bodyweight pushing him backwards. And that just sounds uncomfortable. 

As for what 0–62mph in 1.461 seconds look like... well, of course there’s a video which shows just that. If a tree falls in the forest and so on. 

So, now that you’ve watched it... notice anything in particular? Yeah, us too – like anything that’s over with too quickly, there’s something unsatisfying about it. 

There’s no question that this kind of delta-v is astonishing, even in a car that apparently weighs somewhere around 160kg. And there’s no question that the physics and engineering involved to zap (yep, that’s the verb we want) from nought to 62 in such a brief window is largely beyond our comprehension. 

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But if there’s anything else the EV driving experience is renowned for, it’s being something of a one-trick pony: blistering acceleration and not much else besides. Moving that yardstick incrementally further into painful territory really serves only to remind us that weight – as Colin Chapman or Gordon Murray may have mentioned once or twice – is the true hurdle to overcome. 

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