Electric cars were once thought of as the idealistic but unsustainable, unrealistic alternative to gas-fueled cars, but those days are long gone. Besides the massive environmental benefits to relying on electricity to fill up your tank, these cars actually require less time to reach maximum speeds. Whereas a gas or diesel engine requires a level of revs to be built up to achieve the momentum necessary to build horsepower, for electric cars, that same torque is instantly available. The need to change gears evaporates, as does a need for revving your engine. Plus, these insanely fast cars look incredible, too.
10. Vanda Dendrobium
The Vanda Dendrobium has origins and appeal as unique as its distinct appearance. The Singapore-made supercar was dreamt up by the F1 Williams team, also known as the British-based Williams Grand Prix Engineering team that ranks among the world’s top Formula 1 racing team and possesses handfuls of drivers’ championships. While it can hit 100 km/h from a complete standstill in 2.7 seconds, it also hits top speeds over 320 km/h (or around 198 mph). The Dendrobium is one of those super-rare cars produced in the dozens, not the hundreds, and costs one million pounds.
9. Faraday Future FF 91
The Faraday Future FF91 is the first child from Faraday Future and it doesn’t seem to be “the first pancake” as far as models go. It’s a bit of genre-bender as super electric cars go, as it’s much larger than most others. With a factory based in California, the car’s creators claim it’ll be an “ultra-luxury intelligent EV”. Costs reflect such and range from anywhere between 120-300 thousand dollars. The large car is supposed to have a 300-mile range, but plenty remains a mystery since production was pushed back from the end of 2018 to the first half of 2019.
8. Nio EP9
The Chinese Nio EP9 hails from Startup NextEV. The supercar has in-wheel electric motors, an innovation practically necessary amongst these electric supercars. As for its stats, the Nio EP9 hits a top speed of 194 mph and is capable of accelerating to 100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) in just 2.7 seconds. While the top speed isn’t the fastest in the world, it’s definitely up there, which puts the car on the short list of the world’s fastest. The supercar whomped the Lamborghini Huracan on the Nurburgring circuit in a blistering 6:45--the former took 7 seconds.
7. Tesla Roadster
Although Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims the Tesla Roadster isn’t fast enough, the car with an undisclosed horsepower hits 96 kilometers from a standstill in 1.9 seconds, and 160 km/h from a standstill in 4.2 seconds, as well as flaunting an impressive top speed of 400 km/h. The Roadster costs more than some houses- a total of two hundred thousand (two hundred and fifty for a limited edition Founders Series paid in full up front) and a 50k deposit. Despite that, its record-breaking speed is incredible--it outstrips the Dodge Challenger Demon, a single-seat car designed for drag racing with 840-horsepower by running the quarter mile in 8.8 seconds.
6. BMW i8
Few of these makers are names that would be familiar to your grandparents, but BMW has redefined what it means to make a supercar time and time again. The BMW i8 reaches 0 to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds and while it can only travel on electricity alone for five minutes, it’s a futuristic ride with an incredible look. The hyper-electric vehicle has a 1.5 L 3-cylinder engine, a 369 horsepower and of course, that limited range of only 18 miles on the battery. Then again, it’s a more do-able price (with more personalization and no gull-wing doors that you’ll be locked in the car if you park anywhere near another car).
5. Renault Trezor
Despite not being tested on a track, the French electric car has been attributed with a power output of 350 hp and 280 ft.-lb. of torque. The company also refuses to release a top speed but shared that it can 100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) in less than 4 seconds, a standard number for super-fast electric cars. The specs on speed were instead gleaned from its motor, which was previously used in Renault's e.dams, the two-time winner of the Formula E racing title. As far as claims without backing up from the track go, that’s a pretty legitimate source.
4. Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6
This electric car, while still incredibly rare and pricey, is a lot more readily available to consumers than most of the other cars on this list. That may be why one of its perks is such a mundane (albeit impressive) one- the Mercedes can charge to 62 miles of range in just five minutes. Then again, maybe “readily available” was the wrong term- the car is an 18.5-foot concept model. The speed is intense but not record-shattering - top speeds hit 155 mph and the mammoth can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. Then again, considering this is the limousine of electric cars (in length, not necessarily luxury), that’s pretty incredible.
3. Rimac Concept_One
The Rimac claims to have hit top speeds of 220 mph and decimated the Porsche Spyder 918 in a race with a sub 9.9- second quarter-mile time. The Croatian speed demon has roughly 1,070 horsepower, and 1,180 ft.-lb of torque and torches every other car on the road by accelerating to 100 km-per-hour (or 62 mph) in only 2.6 seconds. If you’re only talking about speed, that makes the Rimac one of the most impressive cars on the face of the planet. And there’s not that many- only eight of these cars were available to purchase.
2. Rimac C_Two
The younger sibling of the Rimac Concept One doesn’t share too much DNA--after Richard Hammond’s horrifying on-screen accident in the car led to a nearly two-week coma, Croatian mechanics chose to start their blueprints from the ground up. This new model has four in-wheel electric motors and 1888 hp and 2300 Nm of torque as opposed to the Rimac Concept One’s 1224 hp and 1600 Nm. With an impressive 0-100 km/h (or 62 miles) in 1.85 seconds and a top speed of 413 km/h, the C_2 is a huge improvement on its predecessor
1. Genovation GXE
This car costs three-quarters of a million dollars and the deposit represents one-third of that chunk of cash. That said, for all your money you’ll receive a modified electric Chevy Corvette undergoing a highly limited production, to be ready to drive home in 2019. And the best part is that this souped-up Vette has also broken two world speed records for the fastest legal electric car when it reached 186.9 mph at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds/Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. Then it went on to break its own record with 205.6 mph just a few months later.