Who says you can't drive a car that's both fast and zero-emissions? Below we discuss the BMW i3 and Tesla models - all electric and quick off the mark.
Fastest Affordable Electric Car
- 125-mile range
- £28,570 on-the-road starting price
- 260 litres of boot space
- 27.2 kWh battery
- 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds
- 4 seater
If you want a zippy electric car, the BMW i3 will get you from 0 - 62 mph in 7.3 seconds, 45% faster than the Renault Zoe and 35% faster than the Nissan Leaf. Expect a respectable range of 125 miles on a full charge, and a cost per mile driven around 3.5p. You do pay for speed; the BMW i3 starting on-the-road price is £28,570 (after the £4,500 government grant), more than the Zoe or Leaf. Be aware that the i3 is a 4 seater, with only two seats in the rear.
Fastest Luxury Electric Car
Tesla produces the fastest all-electric cars in the UK market. Currently on offer are the Tesla X, a larger sports utility vehicle that can seat up to 7, and the Tesla S, a saloon seating 5. Within Model X and Model S are a few different battery and motor combinations: 75, 75D, 100D and P100D. The fastest of the group is the Model S P100D.
Tesla S P100D
- 300-mile range
- £130,000 on-the-road starting price
- 894 litres of boot space
- 100 kWh battery
- 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds
The Tesla S P100D is the fastest of the Tesla S-series, accelerating from 0 - 62 mph in a blazing 2.5 seconds. This high-end car starts at £130,000. Not only is it fast, but the range is best-in-class. The 100 kWh battery gets around 300 miles of range on a full charge. Only the 100D offers a longer range.
Comparing Electric Car Performance
The following tables includes 0 - 60/62 mph acceleration times and maximum speeds for the electric cars available in the UK.
|Electric Car||Acceleration (seconds to 62 mph)||Top Speed (mph)|
|Tesla S P100D||2.5||155|
|Tesla X P100D||2.9||155|
|Tesla S 100D||4.1||155|
|Tesla S 75D||4.2||140|
|Tesla S 75||4.3||140|
|Tesla X 100D||4.7||155|
|Tesla X 75D||4.9||130|