In the bid to build a better electric car, most automakers are chasing range anxiety over anything else, but there are more exciting aspects of EVs than their low-emissions. Just ask the engineering students of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, which just shattered the 0 to 60 mph record for electric vehicles, making the sprint in just 2.15 seconds.
The 320 pound DUT12 go-kart (of which 95 pounds is the lithium-ion battery pack) uses four 33-horsepower electric motors, one at each wheel, to deliver instantaneous acceleration. In the time it takes to read half of this sentence, the DUT12 could flat-out accelerate from a stop to highway speeds, beating the previous electric car acceleration record of 2.68 seconds. Heck, it’s even faster than Formula E’s own electric race cars.
It’s even faster than the 500-horsepower Ariel Atom, the world’s fastest-accelerating production car, which makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 2.3 seconds. As you can see from the video, it’s quite capable of crazy-fast donuts and zipping in and out of the cones like a pro-level kart. Sure, it’s far from being a road-legal vehicle, but it’s just more proof of the performance potential of electric vehicles.
Now the race is on to be the first electric car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Who will be the first?