Fastest Electric Cars

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

BMW i3

  • 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

Key Features

  • 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 CarAcceleration (seconds to 62 mph)Top Speed (mph)
Tesla S P100D2.5155
Tesla X P100D2.9155
Tesla S 100D4.1155
Tesla S 75D4.2140
Tesla S 754.3140
Tesla X 100D4.7155
Tesla X 75D4.9130
BMW i37.393
Nissan Leaf11.589
Renault Zoe13.584
chart showing 0 to 60/62 mph for UK EVs
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