Before EVs became mainstream, supercars were powered by V8s, V10s, V12s, and W16 engines. But as research into electric motors and batteries grew, engineers and car makers discovered their potential.
As cars like the Tesla Model S Plaid became available, EV owners have discovered the massive power and instant torque that electric cars can deliver. So, to see how far the electric motor has come, let’s check out the fastest electric cars available in 2022.
We’re listing these from fast to fastest, so be sure to read until the end!
10. Porsche Taycan Turbo
The first car to make our list is from the classic German sportscar manufacturer Porsche. The Porsche Taycan first debuted as a concept car in 2015 before eventually making it into production in 2019. This EV is an executive car and comes in two flavors: a sedan or a shooting brake.
But whatever you choose, the Taycan is powered by two synchronous AC electric motors, propelling the car from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds. Its top speed is 161 mph, allowing it to make the top ten fastest production cars in 2022.
9. Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla arguably turned the EV from a niche product into a mainstream automobile. It’s Tesla’s entry-level offering, allowing more to afford an EV. But despite being its most affordable model, the Model 3 Performance still offers impressive speed and acceleration over internal combustion cars, thanks to its electric motors.
This four-door compact executive sedan only lets you have two engine options—the single-motor Standard Range and the dual-motor Long Range AWD. The Long-Range AWD also has a performance variant that propels the Model 3 from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds and tops out at 162 mph.
8. Tesla Model X Plaid
Although the Tesla Model X Plaid is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV, it still makes the list of the fastest EVs on the market. It’s the third model Tesla created, after the Roadster and Model S, and features gull-wing doors for its rear passengers.
Despite its large size, the Tesla Model X can go from 0 to 60 in as little as 2.5 seconds, making it faster than the smaller Tesla Model 3. It also has a greater top speed of 163 mph.
7. Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance
Many new EV companies are trying to make it big, like Tesla—and one such company is Lucid Motors. This EV car company was founded in 2007 by former senior Tesla employees, so they probably know something about making electric cars. However, its first model, the Lucid Air, didn’t sell until 2021—that means it took 14 years from Lucid’s founding for it to create a car.
Despite that, the Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance offered amazing statistics. It has two motors delivering power to all four wheels, making the car move from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds. Its top speed clocks in at 169 mph.
6. NIO EP9
The NIO EP9 is Asia’s first entry into this list of fastest EVs. It’s also the first hypercar we’re listing, as all the other vehicles were all four-door sedans or crossovers. So far, six EP9s have already been sold, with a further ten more awaiting buyers. And if you’re planning to get your hands on one, be prepared to shell out £1,155,000 for a unit.
This electric hypercar isn’t road legal—it’s purely designed for the track. It’s powered by four water-cooled electric motors, pushing it from 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds. It can also hit a top speed of 194 mph.
5. Tesla Model S Plaid
The Model S Plaid is Tesla’s top-shelf model and the fastest Tesla you can buy. The Model S Plaid is powered by three motors—one for the front wheels and two for the rear. It’s also the first Tesla to sport the controversial yoke, among other unique Tesla Model S Plaid features.
Although this luxury full-size sedan comes in at over $140,000, it does deliver on power. It can go from 0 to 60 in 1.99 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph.
4. Lotus Evija
The Lotus Evija is this iconic carmaker’s first foray into the world of EVs and is the second hypercar to make it into our list. Although the car is limited to 130 units and costs $2.3 million, you can drive it in many racing games, like Asphalt 8 and 9, Project CARS 3, CSR Racing 2, Forza Horizon 5, GRID: Legends, and Real Racing 3.
The Evija is powered by four electric motors—one for each wheel. This allows it to go from 0 to 60 in less than 3.0 seconds and achieve top speeds greater than 200 mph.
3. Pininfarina Battista
The Pininfarina Battista is another EV hypercar that promises to deliver speed and luxury. It’s made by Automobili Pininfarina GmbH, based in Munich, Germany. However, the company traces its roots to Pininfarina SpA, which made several Ferrari models, including the Testarossa, F40, F50, and the F12berlinetta.
The Battista goes from 0 to 60 in 1.8 seconds and can hit speeds of up to 217 mph, making it one of the fastest EVs you can buy today.
2. Aspark Owl
The Aspark Owl is our second representative from Asia on this list. It was first introduced as a concept in 2017 and was prototyped in 2019. It finally made it into production in 2020, with a planned run of just 50 vehicles. The car goes for €2,500,000 and is made using a monocoque carbon fiber chassis with a stainless steel roof support structure.
This electric hypercar features four electric engines, pushing it from 0 to 60 in 1.69 seconds, with a top speed of 249 mph.
1. Rimac Nevera
The fastest electric vehicle you can buy right now is the Rimac Nevera. Croatian company Rimac is no stranger to making fast EVs, as its first car, the Rimac Concept One, was once crowned as the world’s fastest EV.
Since it started production in 2021, the Rimac Nevera has broken records, accelerating from 0 to 60 in 1.85 seconds and gaining a top speed of 258 mph, allowing Rimac to reclaim the crown of having the fastest electric car in the world.
Electric Vehicles Will Rule the World
From the ’60s until the 2010s, gasoline-powered hypercars are plastered on the walls of many teenage boys’ rooms. But as EV technology continues to grow and mature, we’re seeing electric sedans, crossovers, and hypercars beating internal combustion-powered vehicles at their own game. So, you can expect teenagers today to have one of these blazingly fast EVs on their walls instead of Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
With the speed and range problem now solved for most EVs, the only remaining challenge is charging speed and global infrastructure. Once those issues are resolved, we will see the eventual death of gasoline and diesel-powered cars come sooner rather than later.