Quickest electric car

Accelerating from 0-100km/h in under 2 seconds is becoming more and more common | Source: Car Throttle

Electrifying Speed: The Fastest Electric Cars of 2022

When talking about the acceleration of the quickest electric cars in the world, you make comparisons in milliseconds.

Acceleration time records once considered impossible to surpass in combustion cars are now being smashed regularly by new-generation electric cars.

Companies like Tesla are pushing the boundaries of how quickly cars can accelerate from a standing start to the benchmark 100km/h often cited by manufacturers as an indicator of performance.

Specifications on some new electric vehicles are truly mind-blowing. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Truck is claimed to produce an insane 11,000 pounds of torque and over 1000hp.

Recent advances made by electric car manufacturers mean records will continue to be smashed while out of this world inclusions like spacecraft-derived cold thrusters will help to make these vehicles even faster.

Powered by the latest technology, these cars are the fastest electric vehicles on the market right now.

5. Tesla Model X Plaid

“Beyond ludicrous”, the fastest production SUV in the world is full of unique features and sets an impressive 0-100km/h time of 2.6 seconds.

Designed to be practical as well as high performance, this impressive EV features separately zoned air-con and sound, heated or ventilated seats, USB fast chargers for all seven occupants and head-turning falcon-wing doors to ensure you don’t scratch the cars next to you when parking.

A full-sized SUV, the Model X Plaid has three electric motors, 1,020hp of output and class-leading 536kms of estimated range, equipped with the world’s largest panoramic windscreen and 360-degree cameras for added safety.

Coupled with Tesla’s iconic aerodynamics and a A$174,990 price tag, the Model X Plaid is a family SUV with the marked difference of being faster than a McLaren.

4. Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance

Silicon Valley firm Lucid spent money to gain the expertise of chassis engineers from Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover as part of the construction of the Air Dream. And with its sturdy construction and impressive specifications, you definitely notice the pedigree.

Billed as a “Luxury EV” the Air Dream comes in two iterations: the Range and Performance, the former delivering a headline-grabbing maximum range of 837km and the latter more focused on power, producing 1110hp.

Both versions of the Air Dream Edition come in under three seconds for their 0-100km/h times. The performance variant gets it done in 2.5 seconds.

Road tests have shown the increased efficiency of the Air Dream; it handles very well and charging time is another impressive feature, with a charge from 0 per cent to 20 per cent taking just three minutes, averaging 137 kWh.

With its A$231,664 price tag, it is a viable option for those wanting to make a luxurious debut into the world of electric cars.

3. Tesla Model S Plaid

The other Tesla from the Plaid Series on the list is this four-door sedan; a variation on the popular Model S.

Fears there could be delays on the release of the Model S Plaid until 2023 are widespread, but when it does arrive, you will be wondering where you left your stomach as you are hurled to 100km/h in a blistering 2.1 seconds. Such an impressive time was only within the realm of a A$5 million-plus combustion hypercar just a few short years ago.

The Tesla Model S Plaid will be delivered with a price tag of A$219,646 before on-road costs and delivery charges. A “Track” software update allows the Plaid’s circuit-only mapping to extract the maximum potential from the three electric motors for when you are feeling like pushing the vehicle to its limits.

This track mode pushes the output of the Model S Plaid to 1,000 horsepower. The top speed in the Model S Plaid is electronically limited to 262km/h and the maximum range is said to be in the region of 560km in between charges.

Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla Model S Plaid | Source: Tesla

2. Tesla Roadster

The first generation Tesla Roadster was launched in 2008 and used a Lotus Elise chassis, accelerating from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds. Powered by a 53kWh lithium-ion battery, it was the first production car to use this type of battery.

The second generation of the Roadster is being launched in 2023 to a market hungry for the quickest electric cars. Tesla claims this Roadster can get from 0-100km/h in under 1.9 seconds.

The two-door coupe has a purported range of 1,000 kilometres and a top speed of over 250km/h from an all-wheel-drive tri-motor. The EV has a 200kWh battery and will cost an eye-watering A$271,750.

To take the price down, keen Tesla buyers were able to get in on a marketing promotion where you received a discount for each customer referral to a Roadster; over 55 referrals and you would get 100 per cent of the cost of a new Roadster reimbursed by the company.

With seating for four, this speedy electric car would make an excellent ride for taking on the track, then cruising along the cafe strip as its roof folds down to let you feel the fresh air rush past.

The second generation Tesla Roadster is powered by two motors at the rear of the car and one at the front | Source: Tesla

1. Rimac Nevera

The sleek aerodynamic profile and specifications of the Nevera are striking at first glance, but for Croatian Hypercar firm Rimac, it has been a decade in the making.

Started in 2009 as an electric car startup, the company decided early on to develop as much of its product in-house as possible. Today Rimac makes almost every component included in its cars and produce components to sell to other EV companies such as Pininfarina, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Hyundai, Koenigsegg and Porsche.

The Rica Nevera is the fastest accelerating electric car in the world, incorporating a 120kWh Lithium/Manganese/Nickel battery pack in a H-shape under the floor, churning out a crazy 1914hp and 1,740lb ft of torque.

The most advanced torque vectoring in the EV industry means this hypercar can blaze past the Tesla Roadster and achieve a time of 1.85 seconds over 0-100km/h.

An unexpected stand out feature of the Rica Nevera is its very short charge times, getting from 0 per cent charge to 80 per cent charge from a 500kWh charge point in just 19 minutes.

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