The Fastest Electric Vehicles
on the UK Market

Electric vehicles (EVs) have seen what can only be described as a boom in interest over the last three years, as commercially viable iterations of EVs have exploded onto the market from popular manufacturers and industry disruptors alike.

Previous designs of EV would struggle for range and power, rendering them weak competition against the dominant combustion engine technology of petrol- and diesel-powered cars. However, the breakneck pace of technological innovation has solved the viability issues that plagued the EV as a concept – and made electric cars a popular choice for leasing with consumers.

Indeed, there are many models of EV that outperform their petrol-powered competitors, especially when it comes to acceleration. There are at least three models of EV currently commercially available that can achieve 0-60mph in under three seconds – and all of them are four-door coupes. What are they, and how has this come to be?

Why are EVs So Fast?

While emergent technologies may seem the most likely reason for which EVs are quicker out of the gate than petrol-powered vehicles, the reason is in fact much simpler – and indeed, relates to simplicity. Combustion engines comprise many moving parts, each of which transfer energy to one another before eventually applying torque to the wheels. Electric motors are much simpler in design, and the power they produce is applied more directly to the wheels than with combustion-engine-ed cars.

The result is that EVs receive the full torque made available by the motor instantly, where combustion engines need to transfer that available energy over time. The trade-off is that EVs often have a much lower top speed than petrol or diesel vehicles, being single-geared and unable to keep pace.

Still, it is forward-thinking design that unlocks the acceleration potential of EV motors – and one manufacturer in particular is the leader of the pack in this regard. Without further ado, here are five of the fastest EVs on the market today.

Audi e-Tron GT

Audi’s e-Tron GT is a high-powered behemoth of a vehicle, coming in with a 3.3 second 0-60 time despite its relatively unassuming size and weight. It is also one of Audi’s most powerful vehicles full-stop, recording a brake-horsepower of 637 at its highest performance.

Porsche Taycan

It is perhaps unsurprising that a manufacturer known for its high-performance supercars has made its way onto this list, but the Taycan represents Porsche’s first foray into electric-powered cars – making its recorded 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds particularly remarkable. The Taycan is a sleek, four-door executive vehicle with the trademark Porsche curves, providing supercar performance with practical space.

Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3

Elon Musk’s pioneering Tesla vehicles dominate the leaderboard for fastest EVs, with the Model 3 recording a 0-60 of 3.1 seconds – and the Models X and S coming in at 2.6 and 2.5 seconds respectively. With Tesla driving much of the innovation in EV spaces, it truly is no surprise that they take the top spot.