Still calling electric cars 'milk floats'? You obviously haven't experienced the fastest electric cars on sale today. There's been major advances in EV tech in the last few years, meaning even some electric SUVs can live with the quickest supercars in a drag race.
Tesla really was the first to show that a fairly mundane-looking big electric saloon can leave Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis for dead away from the lights. The Californian EV maker has been doing so for a few years now but other manufacturers are catching up.
In the last year or two a number of new brands have arrived on the scene with their own EVs that will make your passengers stunned or even queasy when you floor the throttle. These include Porsche, Audi, BMW and even Kia, and there will be even more on the way.
What makes these cars all the more impressive is that they can achieve this staggering acceleration while still being comfortable, quiet, spacious and useable. And while we'd stop well short of calling them affordable, they're certainly more attainable than a high-end Ferrari or a multi million-pound hypercar.
Speaking of which, we haven't included any of the growing number of electric hypercars in this list. This guide to the fastest electric cars on sale will focus on EVs that you can find on a dealer forecourt that isn't in Monaco, and ones that can also tackle the school run or everyday commute. Read on to find out the quickest mainstream electric cars you can drive away today...
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Fastest electric cars 2024
1. Tesla Model S Plaid
0-62mph: 2.1 seconds
It's fair to say that it was the Tesla Model S that started off the whole performance electric car craze. First launched in 2012, the Model S has come a long way since then with the fastest incarnation scoring countless YouTube hits beating various Lambos and Ferraris away from the lights.
Early models are still pretty potent, but the Model S has received multiple updates over the years to make it faster still. That's culminated in the 2024 Tesla Model S Plaid: a big electric saloon car with 1020PS and an alleged 0-60mph time of under two seconds. It'll even do up to 200mph, Tesla claims.
That three-motor all-wheel drive system means stomach-churning acceleration, yet the 373-mile range is still among the longest of any electric car sold today.
Those are the good bits. The bad? Well the main one is that Tesla isn't quoting a price, but expect it to be well over £100,000. Happily, if that's a bit rich for you, even the standard dual motor model does 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, which is hardly sluggish.
2. Porsche Taycan Turbo S
0-62mph: 2.8 seconds
Let’s face it, if Porsche – that last bastion of internal combustion-engined racers - is making an all-electric sports car then we can all sleep soundly knowing the future is really here.
The Porsche Taycan is a stunning car and what makes it stand out from everything else, even the Teslas of this world, is that it is very much a Porsche first and an electric car second. In other words it has all the feel and character of a Porsche, it just happens to have an electric rather than petrol motor.
Eschewing the trend for SUVs, the Taycan is a four door saloon that rivals the much in demand Tesla Model 3. It's blisteringly quick too, with the top of the range Turbo S version grabbing the headlines. With an electric motor that offers the equivalent of 751bhp, it’ll do 0-62mph in a staggering 2.8 seconds.
Having been around for a couple of years now some more affordable used examples are starting to emerge. Granted, it's still no bargain, but that incredible performance hasn't diminished in that time.
3. Mercedes-AMG EQE 53
0-62mph: 3.2 seconds
You might look at the Mercedes-Benz EQE and assume it's a cosseting, wafty electric car built for cruising. And it is, but add the three letters 'AMG' into the name and things step up a notch.
The Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 takes the refined recipe and adds a dose of raw chilli, or in other words a dual motor powertrain that makes up to 686PS (in overboost with the AMG Dynamic Plus package). Even without the overboost function it'll get from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds, but that drops to 3.2 seconds with it fitted (the same as a McLaren F1, by the way).
The top speed is a much more modest 149mph, but why go any faster when you'll obliterate your range? Speaking of which, the 90.6kWh battery translates to a range of up to 321 miles. Super strong regenerative braking helps, but less aggressive drive models also reduce the total power output.
Mercedes-AMG has also tweaked the EQE 53's suspension to boost agility, which given it weighs 2.6 tonnes is essential. Sure it's not a hardcore tyre shredder, but tidy handling combines with supreme refinement, tech and comfort.
4. Audi RS e-tron GT
0-62mph: 3.3 seconds
Based on the same platform as the mighty Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT is Audi's take on a luxurious electric saloon car. It's not the company's first electric car though, with the e-tron SUV already in the range, and the smaller, more affordable Q4 e-tron new to the range.
Not only is it hoping to compete against the Taycan, but the e-tron GT is also designed to tempt potential buyers away from the likes of the Tesla Model S. That means it needs to be quick and while the standard e-tron GT will hit 62mph in a speedy 4.1 seconds (and comes with a range of up to 295 miles), it's the hot RS e-tron GT model that impresses. Capable of launching to 62mph in 3.3 seconds, it'll cover 283 miles between charging stops.
It's also very practical as well, with a big 350 litre boot and space for four adults. It's not cheap at £120,500, but that's likely to be less than a Tesla S Plaid. You get Audi's lovely build quality as well, plus a more typical ownership experience.
5. Kia EV6 GT
0-62mph: 3.5 seconds
We love the regular Kia EV6. It's been a revelation for the Korean brand, which is known for affordable and practical cars such as the Kia e-Niro but made a genuinely desirable, high-tech and striking EV with the EV6.
That's not all, though, because it's fast. Even the 'mid-spec' all-wheel drive model puts out 325PS, which is enough for 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. Its range is a chunk less than the entry-level rear-wheel drive model, but at around 260 miles it's still pretty good given its price.
If that isn't enough for you, Kia responded in 2022 with the EV6 GT. It puts out a massive 585PS through dual electric motors, enough for a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds. A Kia that's nearly as quick as a supercar? That's something we certainly didn't expect to see a decade ago.
What's more, the EV6 even in lesser form is pretty fun to drive, with a sportier setup than its sister car, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. It's hardly a Porsche Taycan, but you should enjoy threading the Kia down your favourite back road – although watch the range plummet as you do so. The GT gets an even more sporting set-up and there's even a drift mode if you're that way inclined.
6. Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
0-62mph: 3.5 seconds
Proudly sporting the famous Mustang badge, the Mach-E requires a serious amount of oomph if it's going to live up to its name. Fortunately it's got just that, with the recently launched Mach-E GT packing 465PS and 830Nm of torque from its dual-motor setup. That's enough to catapult it to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds.
The Mustang Mach-E GT features an 88kWh extended-range battery for a pure-electric driving range of up to 310 miles, which should help convinced even die-hard petrolheads that the new era Mustang is more appealing than ever.
If you want to travel further, the standard Mustang Mach-E is available with an extended-range battery and all-wheel drive. This accelerates to 62mph in 5.1 seconds yet has an official range of up to 335 miles.
7. BMW i4
0-62mph: 3.9 seconds
BMW took a while to release a proper rival to the Tesla Model 3, but good things come to those who wait. The i4 is an excellent electric sports saloon that will certainly give the Californian brand something to worry about.
Granted, the styling might not be to everyone's tastes, but the same is true of many new BMWs. Look past that, and you're basically getting an electric version of the brilliant 4 Series Gran Coupe. BMW knows that wow factor matters in the EV sphere, so it launched the i4 first in top-flight M50 form.
The M50 badge doesn't reference an engine, rather its 544PS output and dual electric motors for four-wheel drive. Officially it'll do 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, but we reckon it's even faster than that in reality.
Not satisfied with straight line bragging rights, BMW has also made the i4 handle brilliantly, with barely any body roll, sharp and precise steering and a rear-wheel drive bias to its power delivery. It's the all-electric Ultimate Driving Machine.
8. Audi SQ8 e-tron
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
The Audi e-tron has been on sale for a while now, and the posh electric SUV has proved fairly popular with buyers. Audi confused matters by changing its name in 2022 to the Q8 e-tron, but fundamentally it's the same car underneath.
Audi hasn't gone quite to the level of the fastest Tesla Model X with its battery-powered SUV, but SQ8 e-tron certainly delivers enough potency to keep the vast majority of motorists happy.
503PS and dual electric motors is by no means exceptional these days but its enough for the 2.5-tonne SUV to get from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. It feels faster than that, too, and is certainly enough to put a smile on you and your passengers' faces.
Not only that, but Audi has beefed up the suspension to make it feel sportier to drive, and it'll still manage up to 284 miles on a single charge. Plus, you get that classic Audi quality finish and great tech.
9. Polestar 2
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
Polestar is Volvo's trendy electric car brand – and probably one that's going to give Tesla a run for its money. The Chinese-built Polestar 2 might share a platform with the Volvo XC40, but it certainly isn't a lumbering SUV in terms of performance.
With its two electric motors producing a combined 408PS and 660Nm of instant torque, the Polestar 2 is propelled to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds. It can also travel an impressive 292 miles between charges, which could be enough to tempt drivers away from their petrol or diesel cars.
Even more impressive is the technology on offer – it uses an Android-based infotainment system (with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play built in), while its speech recognition system is one of the most accurate we’ve used.
10. BMW i7
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
The BMW i7, especially in its M70 xDrive version, combines luxury with formidable power. This top-of-the-line model stands out as BMW's most potent M car, boasting a total output of 659PS, which translates to a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 3.7 seconds, remarkable for a car of this size.
Even the rest of the range is potent, too. The i7 range begins with the eDrive50, equipped with a single motor generating 455PS, enabling it to sprint from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds. The mid-range xDrive60 adds a second motor and four-wheel drive, upping the power to 544PS and reducing the 0-62mph time to 4.7 seconds.
Whichever model you go for, the i7 has huge power and effortless delivery, combined with remarkable handling. It's a real standout in the luxury electric vehicle market, delivering a blend of speed, power, and luxurious comfort.
Fastest Electric Cars FAQs
If we're basing this on acceleration, then the Aspark Owl is the fastest electric car at the moment, with a 0-60mph time of just 1.69 seconds. This is closely followed by the Rimac Nevera with a 0-60mph time of 1.85 seconds. Neither are exactly affordable, mass-market models, however, so the Tesla Model S Plaid with a sub-2.0 second 0-60mph time is pretty impressive.
The Tesla Model S Plaid is certainly very quick, hitting 60mph in 1.99 seconds, but it's not the quickest electric car. The fastest electric car is the Aspark Owl, accelerating to 60mph in 1.69 seconds.
The electric car with the most horsepower is again the Aspark Owl. With 1984PS it just beats the Lotus Evija, which makes do with a measly 1973PS.
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