Published on March 29th, 2009 | by Clayton
World’s Top 10 Fastest Electric Cars
Think a Ferrari is fast? Watch one get schooled below.
Electric cars are no joke. Yes, it’s true that many EVs are small, ungainly-looking oddities, but the other end of the spectrum—the realm of high-performance supercars—might surprise you.
After re-discovering a 1972 electric datsun that can accelerate from 0-60 in 3 seconds, we decided that an important question hadn’t really been answered yet: how do the electric cars we’ve been hearing so much about stack up in terms of performance?
Below, we’ve listed the world’s top 10 fastest electric cars, based on the best available information (and a little creative license). Note that our criteria does not take into account a variety of important factors like charging time, availability, and cost. All cars are simply ranked by the time it takes them to get from 0-60 mph.
Most of the machines shown here are either not available or otherwise out out of the realm of possibility for most, but then again, so are most high-performance gas-powerd cars. And that doesn’t keep us from admiring them. Please keep in mind that this post is not intended to be the final word on this topic.
Disclaimer: The numbers below come primarily from builder websites, although some are visibly validated in the videos below. Some of these cars only exist in the imaginations of the designers, so for those we’ll have to wait for some real-world testing to take place. Enjoy.
1. Shelby SuperCars Aero EV: 0-60 mph in 2.5s
The Aero EV debuted mid-2008 with some shocking statistics: a twin motor AESP producing 1,000 hp, 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 208 mph.
Shelby SuperCars already holds the distinction for the world’s fastest production car, the 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero (270 mph). While some of the claims for the new Aero EV seem outlandish, such as a 10 minute charge-time on a standard 110 outlet and a 150-200 mile range on a single charge, this doesn’t stop it from being the king of this list of high-performance machines.
2. The custom 1972 Electric Datsun: 0-60 mph in 2.95s
The 1972 Datsun pictured above inspired this list, after we posted about it recently. Ultimately, I wanted to see if this custom-mod was really the world’s fastest car, and it didn’t disapoint at 2nd place. From the outside, you wouldn’t expect a high-performance monster, but this thing rockets from 0 to 60 in 2.95 seconds, taking a quarter-mile in 11.46 seconds with a 114.08 mph trap speed. The top speed of the car is estimated to be 130 mph.
Unlike other cars on this list, the Datsun—even with expensive lithium-ion batteries—costs only $35,000.
See our last post on it (World’s Fastest Electric Car is a 1972 Datsun) or watch the video below.
3. Wrightspeed X1: 0-60 mph in 3.07s
We covered the X1 when it first debuted last year (see An Electric Car With Muscle: The 175 MPGe X1 Prototype by Wrightspeed Inc).
The X1 uses a 3-phase AC induction motor and inverter from AC Propulsion, which catapults it from 0-60 in 3.07 seconds. There’s no clutch, no shifting, and first gear will take you all the way to 112 mph. The electrical system is powered by lithium polymer batteries, which is a variation on lithium-based systems we’ve highlighted before. The X1 has a 100 mile range and reaches an overall equivalent of 175 MPG.
You can see the X1 smoke a Ferrari and a Porsche in this video: