Electric Vehicles Could be About to Get a Lot Faster
EV producers are, ultimately, trying to make electric cars that are as good or better than their gas competitors. Price, range, and acceleration, these are some of the things manufacturers are trying to improve upon to win over customers. So far, top speed hasn’t featured in the stat sheet war, but that could be about to change.
These days when we hear about a fast EV, usually the stat we’re given is the 0-60 mph time. This is one area EVs quickly matched and bettered their gas counterparts.
Once Tesla broke the sub 3-second mark with both their S and X model, acceleration became the name of the game. Gas vehicles couldn’t compete, so the competition for the fastest acceleration time was left to the EVs. Tesla announced a 2.4 second time and, soon after, Faraday Future announced a 2.39 second time for their prototype, the FF91.
Tesla has since given their Model S another update, resulting in a 2.2 second time to 60, which is simply unrivaled. This back and forth battle of acceleration overshadowed the stat car fans are usually obsessed with, top speed.
As the electric vehicle industry has evolved, the majority of the vehicles have been sedans, hatchbacks or SUVs. We haven’t seen many electric supercars, but that’s starting to change. Smaller EV manufacturers are releasing electric supercars that match gas supercars in acceleration and top speed.
Check out the Lucid Air reaching 217 mph on a high-speed run:
Lucid aren’t the only ones making fast EVs, below are a few little-known manufacturers developing some of the fastest EVs:
The Faraday Future FF91 is another high-speed EV, with a claimed top speed of 217 mph. Although it’s still unsure when, and if, the Faraday Future FF91 will make it to mass production.
Smaller manufacturers are showing us that 200 mph plus EVs are possible. Unfortunately, these manufacturers don’t have the capabilities to mass produce these EVs. So, when are the major supercar manufacturers going to add some fully electric cars to their line-up?
Out of the major supercar manufacturers, Porsche seems to be the only one with any solid plans to produce an EV. The Porsche Mission E is a concept at the moment, but Porsche hopes to have the production model ready for 2020. Once the Mission E is in production, it’s likely the rest of the manufacturers will want to keep up.
Are manufacturers like Rimac and NIO forcing major supercar manufacturers to seriously consider adding EVs to their line-up? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.