10 of the fastest 'everyday' electric cars

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The fastest accelerating EVs you might actually be able to afford

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Nowadays EVs are known for being especially accelerative. It seems that every week, almost, another manufacturer you’ve never heard of (and will never hear from again) is promising that its “revolutionary” hyper-EV will hit 95km/h in less time than it takes you to roll your eyes in disbelief. But just how fast are the EVs you can actually buy? The cars that already exist in dealerships, don’t cost a fortune and won’t draw the ire of other motorists?

The Rimacs, Tesla Roadsters, Aspark Owls and Nio EP9s of this world are all well and good, but they’re not exactly mass market. So, here’s a ten-car snapshot of today’s pure EV market – here in Britain and across the Atlantic – based entirely on how quickly they accelerate. Range shmange.

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Audi e-tron: 0-100km/h in 5.7secs
“Looking to set a tentative foot into the future? This is the safest stepping stone yet.”

(Click HERE to read our e-tron review)

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BMW i3S: 0-100km/h in 6.9secs
“A hopped-up i3 with visual and handling tweaks. Sounds like it won’t make a difference, but it does: great fun, but expensive.”

(Click HERE to read about our day into JB in a 94Ah i3 with REx)

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Kia e-Niro: 0-100km/h in 7.8secs
“The car gives you options and rewards skill and anticipation to get the best range. In a world of average speed cameras and congestion that are nothing but frustration in performance cars, I reckon working with an EV like this adds an interesting dimension to driving.”

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Nissan Leaf: 0-100km/h in 7.9secs
“Efficient EV has all the range most people need. Green. Affordable to buy, cheap to own. Silent, smooth power. Enough space.”

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Jaguar I-Pace: 0-100km/h in 4.8secs
“Jaguar is a manufacturer laden with heritage that’s had to unshackle itself from the past to really address the future. Time will tell whether the world is ready for a S$350k plug-in Jag. Either way it feels like the start of something big.”

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Hyundai Kona Electric: 0-100km/h in 7.6secs
“A proper tipping point BEV: genuine 482km (ish) range in a small SUV.”

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Chevrolet Bolt EV: 0-95km/h in 6.5secs
Clever little EV promises more than 320km of range and 200bhp.

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Tesla Model 3 Performance: 0-95km/h in 3.5secs
“Everything Tesla has done up to this point has been building towards the Model 3… and it’s been worth it.”

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Tesla Model X P100D: 0-95km/h in 2.9secs
“Tesla invents new doors, adds extra seats. Charges the earth. It’s lifestyle, not value for money.”

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Tesla Model S P100D: 0-95km/h in 2.5secs
“At its most basic level, this is a simple car: an all-electric sedan. It also happens to be the car that has established Tesla as a force to be reckoned with. Because while the Lotus-based Roadster put the Californian firm on the map, it’s this one that has to gain the hard yards and convince buyers that this relatively new start-up deserves to stand alongside the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.”

Author: TopGear
Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world.