Electric vehicle technology has evolved significantly from slow-driving vehicles to high-performance cars. It is unsurprising, given that electric motors deliver instant torque and effective power management to avoid wasting horsepower.
In addition, electric-powered vehicles also now offer more powerful li-ion batteries with advanced thermal management systems for better performance.
Without further ado, below are the top 10 fastest electric vehicles in 2023.
1. Mythen EV: 0-60 mph in 0.956 seconds
A hand-built electric race car developed by students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and the Lucene University of Applied Sciences. It recently broke the Guinness World Record with an acceleration of 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 0.956 seconds.
The EV weighs 140 kilograms (309 pounds), generating a maximum output of 240 kW or 326 horsepower.
2. Rimac Nevera: 0-60 mph in 1.74 seconds
A Croatian-made electric hypercar that can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 1.74 seconds with a top speed of 258 mph. It has a 120-kWh battery pack and a maximum output of 1,914 horsepower and 1,741 lb-ft of torque.
3. Pininfarina Battista: 0-60 mph in 1.89 seconds
The Pininfarina Battista shares the same architecture and technology as the Rimac Nevera, including a 120-kWh battery pack and electric motor setup of electric motor for each wheel. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.89 seconds with a top speed of 222 mph.
4. Tesla Model S Plaid: 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds
The Tesla Model S Plaid can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph. Its quarter-mile acceleration record is 9.4 seconds.
It has three motors, including two at the front and one behind. It generates a maximum output of 1,020 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of instant torque.
5. Lucid Air Sapphire: 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds?
The Lucid Air Sapphire is apparently the most powerful model from Lucid. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just “less than two seconds.” It features three motors and rear axle torque vectoring that generate more than 1,200 hp and an estimated torque of over 1,000 lb-ft.
6. Tesla Model X Plaid: 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds
The Tesla Model X Plaid accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, owing to its three electric motors generating a maximum output of 1,020 hp and 752 lb-ft of instant torque. It also boasts a top speed of 163 mph.
7. Porsche Taycan Turbo S: 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds with a 162 mph top speed. This all-wheel drive electric car features two electric motors for each axle.
8. Audi RS e-tron GT: 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds
The Audi RS e-tron GT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds thanks to its two electric motors. It also boasts a quarter-mile record of 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 157 mph. It offers a maximum output of 591 horsepower and a maximum torque of 612 lb-ft.
9. Tesla Model 3 Performance: 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds
The Tesla Model 3 Performance accelerates 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. It also recorded its fastest quarter-mile sprint in just 11.5 seconds. It features twin e-motors for each axle. Its driving range is also remarkable at 290 miles.
10. Rivian R1T: 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds
Rivian R1T is an all-electric truck that can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. It offers a maximum output of 835 horsepower and 908 lb-ft of torque thanks to its four electric motors at each wheel. It also has a quarter-mile record of just 11.9 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph.
For those interested, below are the pricing of the top 10 electric vehicle models in the rankings:
|Model||0-60 mph speed||Pricing (Estimate)|
|Mythen EV||0.956 seconds||–|
|Rimac Nevera||1.74 seconds||$2.2 million|
|Pininfarina Battista||1.89 seconds||$2.4 million|
|Tesla Model S Plaid||2.3 seconds||$109,990|
|Lucid Air Sapphire||less than 2 seconds||$250,650|
|Tesla Model X Plaid||2.5 seconds||$108,490|
|Porsche Taycan Turbo S||2.4 seconds||$185,000|
|Audi RS e-tron GT||2.9 seconds||$144,000|
|Tesla Model 3||3.1 seconds||$60,000|
|Rivian R1T||3.2 seconds||$75,000|
- World’s fastest accelerating Electric Car debuts at Hyderabad E-Motor show
- Swiss students’ hand-built EV beats world record for electric car acceleration
- Rimac Nevera beats Tesla Model S Plaid’s record at Nürburgring by 20 seconds
- Lotus debuts the new Emeya, a hyper-GT EV that accelerates 0-100km/h below 2.8 secs
- WAE Technologies debuts EVRh platform for hydrogen-electric supercars
Electric vehicles have significantly advanced in terms of technologies and capabilities since their emergence. They continue to overthrow conventional internal combustion engine-powered cars and fulfill their limits. EVs’ simpler architecture enables them to accelerate faster than ICE models.
The electric motors feature fewer moving parts and a battery pack that can instantly transmit power to the wheels without undergoing suspension and transmission, as noted by Motor Digest. They also generate instant torque that allows them to hit maximum rpm.