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These Are The 10 Fastest-Accelerating EVs On The Market In 2022 – HotCars

by Nov 8, 2022Blog0 comments

Quick acceleration is the coolest performance benefit of opting for an EV. Here’s how the newest models stack up.
With drag strip bragging rights and market share up for grabs, car manufacturers across the globe are constantly pushing the boundaries of performance to the limit in a bid to outdo each other in technical progress. Speed and thrills count most here, and automakers spare no labor or expense in their attempt to have the quickest accelerating car out there.
As with gas-powered models, the old-fashioned zero-to-60-mph time still reigns supreme when it comes to assessing the performance potential of an EV, as it is more relevant and more easily comparable across vehicles than, say, a skid pad number or a Nürburgring lap time. Let's look at the 10 fastest-accelerating EVs on the market in 2022.
Gasoline-run models or eco-friendly ones, you expect a BMW M car to be blazing-fast, and the i4 M50 more than lives up to the promise.
With a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.3 seconds in Sport Boost mode, the i4 M50 is 0.2 seconds quicker than an M3 Competition, despite weighing more than its ICE sibling.
A proper sports car, the Model 3 Performance delivers a compelling mix of purist styling, quick and responsive steering, as well as nimble, precise handling.
Armed with a 75-kWh battery pack and dual AC electric motors, this small all-electric sedan makes 580 horsepower, 481 lb-ft of torque, and 315 miles of range. It also features aluminum pedals, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels, a lowered chassis, sport-oriented suspension, and performance brakes. The Tesla Model 3 Performance achieves a 0-60 time of just 3.1 seconds with the 1-foot rollout.
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The all-new R1T is the first battery-powered pickup truck to hit the market and the fastest-accelerating midsize electric pickup you can buy today. It features excellent quality materials and exquisite finishes that guarantee it will serve you for a long time. Highlights include vegan leather seats with heating functionality up front, a panoramic moonroof, and a 16-inch touchscreen.
While its luxuriousness speaks volumes, the supercar-quick acceleration is what really sets the R1T apart. The midsize electric pickup hits 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of 115 mph courtesy of four electric motors generating over 800 hp, 900 lb-ft of torque, and 314 miles of range.
Mercedes has never been one to shy away from a drag race, and the EQS represents its best efforts so far in the electric age. As the first fully electric AMG model, the EQS comes with a 108-kWh battery pack paired with dual motors for a combined 649 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. For even more oomph, consider adding the AMG Dynamic Plus package, which boosts output to 751 horsepower and 752 pound-feet.
From a standing start, the Mercedes-AMG EQS reaches 60 mph in a breathtaking 3 seconds – 0.7 seconds faster than the standard EQS. This vehicle has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph due to safety.
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Another quick-accelerating premium EV, the Audi RS e-tron GT packs a carbon-fiber roof, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, an adjustable air suspension, a 2-speed automatic transmission, a liquid-cooled 93.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and dual electric motors that provide 637 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque in Over-Boost mode.
This advanced combination helps the all-new electric sedan achieve a 0-60 mph sprint time of 2.9 seconds, which is 0.7 seconds faster than the e-tron GT. Its top speed in appropriate track conditions is 155 mph.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance has been a massive hit since it debuted for the 2022 model year, thanks to its impressive power, range, and charging speed. The car's modern yet futuristic design, advanced technologies, and enhanced interior outfitting make it a compelling option for consumers who prioritize safety and comfort.
Those consumers who are more concerned with performance should appreciate that it is fast and potent enough to take on many cars in a drag fight. Powered by dual AC electric motors, the Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance makes 1,111 total horsepower, an estimated 737 lb-ft of combined torque, and boasts a maximum range of 471 miles (451 miles when equipped with the available 21-inch wheels). In Sprint mode, this vehicle goes from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.
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A list of the quickest-accelerating EVs wouldn't be complete without mentioning the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. Combining the sporty character of a high-performance machine with the practicality of a station wagon with premium-quality materials, this vehicle provides useful space for storing everyday items while delivering enough muscle for a thrilling driving experience.
Powering its sporty character (in Turbo S guise) are dual electric motors producing 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from zero to 60 takes just 2.6 seconds, and a fully-charged battery will give a range of 202 miles, per EPA estimates.
Instant power delivery is an electric car forte, and not many vehicles epitomize this EV essence quite like the Tesla models. For one, the Model X Plaid is exceptionally fast, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in a heart-stirring 2.5 seconds.
This vehicle delivers outstanding performance thanks to a torque-vectoring AWD system and three AC electric motors that combine with a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to produce a whopping 1,020 horsepower.
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Blazingly fast and incredibly powerful, the Model S Plaid is Tesla's answer to gas-powered behemoths such as the Bugatti Chiron and Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Packing triple AC electric motors with torque vectoring all-wheel drive, this luxury EV completes the sprint to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, and is just as capable on the straights, reaching a top speed of 200 mph.
With a blistering 0-60 mph time of just 1.85 seconds and a quarter-mile of 8.6 seconds at 167 mph, the Rimac Nevera is the world's fastest-accelerating production car. Not only will this vehicle beat almost anything else on four wheels on a drag strip, it also delivers an eye-popping 1813 horsepower courtesy of its four electric motors and 117.0-kWh battery pack.
Inside, the Nevera has a lavish abundance of premium-feeling materials, including carbon fiber, leather, and shiny billet aluminum.
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