As long as there have been powered vehicles, there has been competition to build the most powerful, the fastest accelerating, the outright quickest. And the arrival of electric cars hasn’t dampened that competition one bit.
In fact, all it has done is make the numbers ever more mind-blowing. Nowadays even run-of-the-mill family electric cars have acceleration that a few years ago was the preserve of petrol-powered hot hatches. And the sportier end of brands’ line-ups reveals some eye-opening numbers as they take advantage of electric motors’ instant torque and linear delivery.
But even within the world of electric cars, there’s fast and then there’s really fast. The pin-you-in-your-seat, knock-the-breath-out-of-you type speed that even the most ferocious Lamborghinis and McLarens struggle to match. The kind of pace we’re talking about here as we round up the 10 fastest electric cars currently on sale.
Just for clarity, we’ve tried to keep this list to cars UK buyers can actually buy or reserve right now, so the European-market-only Lucid Air doesn’t make the cut, and nor does the unavailable Lotus Evija, despite staggering claims about its performance.