It may seem inconceivable today, but there was once a time when the idea of an electric car having brutally quick acceleration is far-fetched. Prior to the original Tesla Roadster, which broke through the market with its 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds, electric vehicles were largely considered as nothing but fancy golf carts. Green, a bit techy, but very little else.
Thanks in no small part to Tesla’s efforts, electricity is widely considered today as the propulsion of choice for tomorrow’s cars. No longer are EVs glorified golf carts. They now represent the best that the auto industry has to offer, and they have garnered a reputation for humbling petrol-powered supercars on the quarter-mile. Even hypercars that are expected to be released in the coming years are, for the most part, electric.
This trend is represented very well in a recent list compiled by UK-based motoring publication Autocar. Established in 1895 and widely considered as the world’s oldest car magazine, Autocar has a prominent voice in auto. And ultimately, this is really what makes the publication’s recent list of fastest-accelerating cars so compelling. This time around, the list is downright populated with electric and electrified cars instead of petrol-powered vehicles.
To make it into the British magazine’s list, a car must boast a 0-60 mph time below 3.0 seconds. They must also be production vehicles. This completely eliminates one-off, hyper-customized ICE-powered drag racers. Each car in Autocar UK‘s list must be frighteningly quick out of the factory. And they are. A lot of them just happened to be electric.
Immediately noticeable in the motoring publication’s list is the Tesla Model S, the Silicon Valley-based company’s flagship sedan. The Raven Tesla Model S Performance remains one of the quickest production vehicles today, sprinting from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S, another frighteningly quick electric sedan, also stood proudly on the Autocar UK list. Apart from these two, the Rimac Concept One, arguably one of the first genuinely all-electric supercars in the market, also held a spot in the publication’s rankings.
But the story does not end there. A look at the full rankings from the motoring magazine shows that 9 out of the 16 vehicles mentioned in the publication’s actual list has an electric motor. A special section following the full list of fastest-accelerating cars, which posts upcoming vehicles that will likely dominate in 0-60 mph times, is also dominated by electric vehicles. In fact, all four of the contenders for the next-generation of fastest-accelerating cars in the magazine are all-electric.
With results such as these, it is difficult to argue against the fact that the future of the auto industry is electric. With vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover attacking the mainstream market, there is a good chance that EVs will become more and more ubiquitous in the coming years. The time when electric cars are considered as just “cars” is likely at hand, and when this happens, one can bet that an internal combustion engine will be nowhere near the list of fastest-accelerating cars in the world.