Fastest electric cars: the most powerful EVs

Only a few years ago, the fastest electric cars were not all that fast. However, with significant advancements in EV technology in recent years, the best electric cars will undoubtedly outperform the fastest supercar in a drag race.

Fastest electric cars: the most powerful EVs

When it comes to sprinting away from the lights, Tesla regularly outperforms Ferrari, Porsche, and Maserati, while there are some strange and wonderful EV hypercars with four-figure power outputs that will hit 62mph in a breathtaking sub-2 seconds.

While Tesla was the first to bring super-fast electric cars to the masses, a number of new brands have emerged in the last year or so with their own EVs that will stun your passengers when you floor the throttle. Porsche, Audi, and BMW are among them, and more are on the way.

What makes these cars even more impressive is that they can achieve such incredible acceleration while remaining comfortable, quiet, and usable. While we wouldn't call them cheap, they're certainly more affordable than the latest crop of multi-million pound electric hypercars.

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Fastest electric cars

  • Tesla Model S
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo S
  • Audi RS e-tron GT
  • Audi e-tron S
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC
  • Polestar 2
  • Kia EV6
  • BMW i4

Tesla Model S

Year launched: 2012

It's safe to say that the Tesla Model S was the catalyst for the entire performance electric car craze. The Model S, which was first introduced in 2012, has come a long way since then, with the fastest incarnation scoring countless YouTube hits while beating various Lambos and Ferraris away from the lights.

That's because, despite sounding like the name of an Inland Revenue form, the standard Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Model S can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.1 seconds. Not bad for 'only' £88k and a vehicle with an official range of 405 miles.

Need something even faster? Tesla has just released the Model S Plaid. The Plaid's Tri Motor all-wheel drive system allows it to reach 60 mph in 1.99 seconds and 200 mph flat out, with a range of only 396 miles. The price will be around £119,000, with delivery scheduled for the end of 2022. If you can't wait that long, take a look at our used Model S inventory.

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Jaguar I-Pace

Year launched: 2020

Jaguar certainly raised the cool factor of electric vehicles with the introduction of the I-Pace. The I-Pace can reach 62 mph from a standstill in 4.0 seconds thanks to twin electric motors that deliver a power output equivalent to 400PS. That's enough to outrun a Porsche Boxster and push you back in your seat.

While the I-Pace has the acceleration of a sports car, it also has enough space for four adults to travel in comfort. Not to mention the spacious 530-liter boot. While you could be forgiven for thinking that the weight of the batteries would impair the handling of the I-Pace, this is not the case. Jaguar's engineers did an excellent job, and despite being a heavy vehicle, it steers extremely well, ensuring that it will put a smile on your face when you find a nice windy stretch of road.

The I-Pace is not only fast, but it also has a long-range, with an official range of 292 miles before needing to be recharged. To accomplish this, simply resist the urge to stab the throttle.

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Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Year launched: 2020

Let's face it: if Porsche, the last bastion of internal combustion-engined racers, is developing an all-electric sports car, we can all rest easy knowing that the future has arrived.

The Porsche Taycan is a stunning car, and what sets it apart from everything else, including Teslas, is that it is a Porsche first and an electric car second. In other words, it has the same feel and character as a Porsche, but it is powered by an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine.

Rather than an SUV, the Taycan is a four-door saloon that competes with the popular Tesla Model 3. It's also incredibly fast, with the top-of-the-line Turbo S model stealing the show. It will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds thanks to an electric motor producing 751bhp.

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Audi RS e-tron GT

Year launched: 2021

The e-tron GT is Audi's take on a luxurious electric saloon car, built on the same platform as the mighty Porsche Taycan. However, it is not the company's first electric vehicle, with the e-tron SUV already in the lineup and the smaller, more affordable Q4 e-Tron joining the lineup.

The e-tron GT is not only intended to compete with the Taycan, but it is also intended to entice potential buyers away from vehicles such as the Tesla Model S. That means it has to be quick, and while the standard e-tron GT can reach 62mph in 4.1 seconds (and has a range of up to 295 miles), it's the hot RS e-tron GT model that stands out. It can accelerate to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds and travel 283 miles between charges.

It's also very practical, with a large 350-liter boot and room for four adults. At £106,000, it's not cheap, but it's a lot less than a Tesla S Plaid. You also get Audi's excellent build quality and a more typical ownership experience.

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Audi e-tron S

Year launched: 2021

The Audi e-tron has been on the market for a while, and the opulent electric SUV has proven popular with buyers. Even the fastest version, however, couldn't compete with the Tesla Model X in terms of pure acceleration.

That is no longer an issue, however, because Audi has introduced the e-tron S. Because of its 503PS output and dual electric motors, that simple extra letter transforms the e-tron into a sports car baiter.

While that may not seem like a lot for such a large car, the Audi e-tron S can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is more than a second faster than the standard car. On paper, this is still a bit slower than the Model X, but it feels faster and is certainly enough to put a smile on your and your passengers' faces.

In addition, Audi has beefed up the suspension to make it feel more sporty to drive. However, the range is reduced from 248 miles on the standard e-tron to 222 miles.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E

Year launched: 2021

The Mach-E, which proudly wears the famous Mustang badge, requires a serious amount of oomph if it is to live up to its name. Fortunately, the upcoming Mach-E GT has exactly that, with its dual-motor setup producing 465PS and 830Nm of torque. That's enough to propel it to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds.

The Mustang Mach-E GT has an 88kWh extended-range battery for a pure-electric driving range of up to 310 miles, which is nearly enough to persuade skeptics (although who travels more than 300 miles without stopping?).

If you want to go further, the standard Mustang Mach-E can be equipped with an extended-range battery and all-wheel drive. This car accelerates to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a range of up to 335 miles.

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Mercedes EQC

Year launched: 2019

The Mercedes EQC, an alternative to the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, has everything you'd expect from a premium car, including a superb interior, a relaxed driving experience, and a slew of clever technology.

It's also quite fast. Its twin-motor setup generates 408PS and propels the EQC to 62mph in 5.1 seconds. The good news is that all Mercedes EQC models use the same battery and motor combination, so you won't have to pay extra for the fast one.

It also handles well, especially for such a large SUV. Although not as well as an I-Pace, it remains composed in corners and the steering provides plenty of reassurance.

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Polestar 2

Year launched: 2020

Polestar is Volvo's fashionable electric car brand, and it's likely to give Tesla a run for its money. The Polestar 2 from China may share a platform with the Volvo XC40, but it is far from a sluggish SUV in terms of performance.

The Polestar 2 accelerates to 62mph in 4.7 seconds thanks to its two electric motors producing a combined 408PS and 660Nm of instant torque. It can also travel 292 miles between charges, which may be enough to entice drivers away from their gasoline or diesel vehicles.

Even more impressive is the technology on offer, which includes an Android-based infotainment system (with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play built-in), as well as one of the most accurate speech recognition systems we've used.

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Kia EV6

Year launched: 2021

Kia's EV6 is something of a revelation. While the Kia e-Niro and other electric models focus on value and practicality, the EV6 is a genuinely desirable bespoke EV with lots of high-tech features and a striking shape.

But that's not all; it's also fast. Even the mid-spec' all-wheel drive model produces 325PS, good for 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. It has a shorter range than the entry-level rear-wheel drive model, but at around 300 miles, it's still pretty good for the price.

If that isn't enough, Kia will respond shortly. The EV6 GT, due later in 2022, will produce a massive 585PS via dual electric motors, good for a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds. A Kia that's almost as fast as a supercar? That is something we did not expect to see a decade ago.

Furthermore, the EV6 is a lot of fun to drive, with a sportier setup than the Hyundai Ioniq 5. It's no Porsche Taycan, but you should enjoy threading the Kia down your favorite back road - just keep an eye on the range as you do so.

BMW i4

Year launched: 2021

BMW took its time releasing a true competitor to the Tesla Model 3, but good things come to those who wait. The BMW i4 is an excellent electric sports saloon that will undoubtedly give the Californian brand pause.

To be sure, the styling isn't for everyone, but that's true of many new BMWs. Once you get past that, you're basically getting an electric version of the fantastic 4 Series Gran Coupe. BMW understands that the wow factor is important in the EV world, so it first introduced the i4 in top-tier M50 form.

The M50 badge refers to the vehicle's 544PS output and dual electric motors for four-wheel drive. Officially, it will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, but we believe it will be faster.

Not content with straight-line speed, BMW has also improved the i4's handling, with little body roll, sharp and precise steering, and a rear-wheel drive bias to its power delivery. It's the Ultimate Driving Machine, an all-electric vehicle.