The first practical electric cars were produced in the 1880s. Electric cars are automobiles that are propelled by one or more electric motors, using energy stored in rechargeable batteries. Fast forward to the present and we all look destined for a future of electric cars.
Projections show that battery-powered cars could account for more than 20 percent of new cars in the U.S. by 2030, which shows how close we are to a world where fast electric cars will be dominating.
Gone are the days when electric cars were slow and ugly looking. One couldn’t count on them because they weren’t as reliable as gasoline vehicles. Companies like Tesla and others have now taken things to a whole new level by launching electric cars with futuristic designs and top-notch technology and today, many more car manufacturers have followed suit.
Today we’ll be taking a look at the fastest electric cars in the world for year 2020.
10. Aston Martin Rapide E (155 MPH)
Aston Martin’s first all-electric car, Rapide E, made its debut at the 2019 Formula E Monaco E-Prix. The super EV is powered by two electric motors on the rear axle producing 610 hp, and can propel itself from 0-62 mph in less than 4 seconds and a modest 155 mph top speed. The Aston Martin Rapide E is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery, encased in a Carbon Fibre and Kevlar casing, with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells, and it is capable of traveling over 200 miles (322 km) on a single charge.
9. Faraday Future FF 91 (155 MPH)
The Faraday Future FF 91 can go from 0-60 mph in just 2.39 seconds in terms of acceleration, and is capable of hitting a top speed of 155 mph. The electric sedan is designed on Variable Platform Architecture that houses the big battery cells and the powertain. With a drive range of 378 miles (608 km) on a single charge, this EV can produce 1050 hp with a peak torque of 1800Nm.
8. Lotus Evija (200 MPH)
British automaker, Lotus, recently unveiled its new flagship – the Lotus Evija. This fully-electric hypercar weighs just 1,680kg, and boasts a 1,972-horsepower punch thanks to four electric motors, one dedicated to each wheel. The EV has a top speed of 200 mph and an acceleration performance of 0-62 mph in 3 seconds. The electric hypercar has a drive range of 250 miles (402 km) with a 70kWh lithium pack battery capacity, and it can be charged to 80 percent from zero in just 12 minutes on 350kW chargers, with a full charge taking only 18 minutes. And when 800kW charging becomes available, Lotus says a full charge will take just 9 minutes.
7. Genovation GXE (209 MPH)
The Genovation GXE is based on C7 Corvette but the torque monster has a lot more on its plate. The vehicle became the first street legal electronic car to surpass the threshold of 209 mph. The dual-electric motor propels a never-ending 800 horsepower and an incredible 718 lb-ft of maximum torque.
6. NIO EP9 (217 MPH)
With a top speed of 217 mph and an acceleration performance of 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, the NIO EP9 is one of the fastest electric vehicles in the world. This electric vehicle is a 2-seater limited production which is designed and developed by a Chinese automobile manufacturer and it took almost 18 months to put this hypercar together. The drive range is set at 265 miles (426 km) and a maximum torque of 1480 Nm with 1341 horsepower.
5. Pininfarina Battista (217 MPH)
The Pininfarina Battista arrives in 2020 as the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy, which boasts a top speed of 217 mph with an acceleration performance of 0-62 mph less than 2 seconds, making it one of the fastest electric vehicles in the world. The electric hypercar was named after the founder, Battista Pinin Farina who founded the company in 1930. The 4 liquid-cooled PMMC electric car has a maximum power of 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque with a 120-kWh lithium pack battery capable of 280 miles (450 km) on a single charge.
4. Tesla Roadster (250 MPH)
Tesla recently gave a statement confirming that the 2020 Tesla Roadster is the fastest car they have ever made. This electric vehicle goes 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph. Tesla Roadster is a 4-seater all-electric hypercar by Tesla Motors. The 3-electric motor produces 1242 horsepower with a maximum torque of 10,000Nm and an insane drive range of 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge.
3. Rimac C Two (258 MPH)
The Rimac C Two is a semi-autonomous hyper electric car by Rimac Automobili, a US-based electric vehicle manufacturer. The 4-independent permanent magnet electric car is an all-wheel drive vehicle with the battery capacity of 120KwH producing 1914 hp. The car has its top speed set at 258 mph with a performance of 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds (approximately 1.85 seconds), and a battery capacity of 120 kWh Lithium capable of 402 miles (647 km) on a single charge.
2. Toroidion 1MW (280 MPH)
The Toroidion 1MW boasts four direct drive electric motors producing total mechanical power of 1000kW at 48V which is the first of it’s kind in the world. The 1MW produces 1,341 hp which is enough to accelerate the car from 0-249 mph (400 km) in just 11 seconds. The Toroidion 1MW was made by Finnish Automaker Toroidion, and first introduced in 2015.
1. Buckeye Bullet 3 (341.4 MPH)
Also known as VBB-3, this experimental car is a result of a collaboration between 3 Ohio State University’s students and Venturi, a Monaco-based electric vehicle manufacturer. Buckeye Bullet 3 is the final version of the Buckeye vehicles after the design of BB 1, 2, and 2.5. If you are looking for a luxury electric car, you are likely not to find that in this vehicle because the focus was to build the fastest electric car in the world which was achieved when it passed FIA test with a top speed of 341.4 mph. The custom made 3-phase AC power motor has a maximum horsepower of 3000 and a battery capacity of 2MW battery set by A123 systems. Bad news is the VBB3 won’t be made available as it is just a prototype which is likely not to be produced.