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Top 5 Fastest Electric Cars on the Planet

We've updated our list of the fastest electric cars on the market. The competition is getting tougher in this front, even for combustion-powered supercars.

The Tesla Roadster may be one of the most famous electric cars in the world right now, but it's not the only one that can reach ludicrous speeds. ¦ Image via Tesla

The Tesla Roadster may be one of the most famous electric cars in the world right now, but it's not the only one that can reach ludicrous speeds. ¦ Image via Tesla

Back in 2017, we compiled a list of the ten fastest electric cars on the planet. It’s been about two years, which is a long time in this context.

The landscape of the EV industry as a whole and the all-electric sports cars niche is changing at a fast pace.

All models in the list below can hit the 60mph bar in about the same time it’d take your eyes to roll in shock. They are far from being a poor second to internal-combustion supercars, proudly claiming the “hypercar” title. Without further ado, here are the top 5 fastest electric cars on the planet.

#1 Aston Martin RapidE

Revealed four years ago, Aston Martin’s Rapide E is identical to its standard forbear, the Rapide, from the outside. But the capital E highlights more differences than meet the eye.

RapidE is the first all-electric car from Aston Martin that unleashed its beauty this April at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Powered by an 800V, 65kWh battery, Rapide E accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds to reach a top speed of 155 mph.

#2 Tesla Roadster

Tesla’s “Ludicrous Mode” in its Model S allows it to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds, putting it on a par with the fastest production cars ever like Porsche 918 Spyder and the LaFerrari.

But the Tesla Roadster is even faster.

It takes the Roadster 1.9 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and 4.2 seconds to reach 100 mph, with more than 250 mph top speed — and a range of over 620 miles.

Tesla Roadster is an incredibly fast all-electric hypercar, but it isn’t the fastest.

#3 Hispano Suiza Carmen

From the Spanish automaker Hispano Suiza comes Carmen, a fully electric two-seat supercar, whose unveiling was highly anticipated at the Geneva Motors Show.

Carmen takes the name, style, and elegance of Carmen Mateu, granddaughter of the founder and mother of the President of Hispano Suiza Cars.

But this doesn’t make the Carmen a slouch when it comes to high performance, because it is capable of “a 0 – 100 km/h time of under three seconds, and an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.”

#4 Pininfarina Battista

Automobili Pininfarina is a spinoff company from the renowned Italian design house Pininfarina that left distinctive design marks on the automotive industry. Now, the company has released an electric supercar that aims to rock the automotive world once more.

The automaker claims its $2.6-million electric hypercar Battista to be “the most powerful car that will have been designed and built in Italy.”

With one electric motor for each wheel, the Battista produces 1,400kW/1,900 hp of combined power that takes it 0-62 mph in less than two seconds, with a max speed of more than 250 mph.

The Pininfarina Battista was one of the hottest unveilings at the Geneva Motor Show.

#5 Rimac C_Two

The Rimac Concept One is a pretty quick and all-around amazing piece of car engineering, yet the Rimac C_Two can beat that.

This all-electric two-seat hypercar has four in-wheel electric motors that generate 1408 kW / 1914 hp of power. What an upgrade from “just” 1224 hp for the Concept One!

The C_Two does 0 to 60 mph in an insane 1.85 seconds, with a top speed of 258 mph.

These are our picks, and there are other fully-electric supercars that combine high performance, elegant forms and lines, and best of all, emit zero carbon.

As the fastest electric cars on the planet, these models show exactly how far the automotive world has come in the past few years. But, this is just the beginning. Electric hypercars are set to take the world by storm in the coming years, so it might be best to start saving now.

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Trilingual poet, investigative journalist, and novelist. Zed loves tackling the big existential questions and all-things quantum.

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