These are the 10 fastest-accelerating electric vehicles currently on sale in the United States

Although gasoline-powered cars will still be available a bit longer, and if all synthetic fuel runs out they could last a lot longer, there are several clear advantages to switching to an electric car. Dedicated electric vehicles offer more space than gasoline-powered vehicles due to the bulk of their engine equipment. Maintenance costs are often cheaper, low noise and can include sophisticated advancements.

Perhaps the most talked about advantage of electric cars is their acceleration. Because electric motors produce maximum torque instantly and from a stopped start, reasonably powered electric cars are a force to be reckoned with, regardless of weight. Here are the ten fastest accelerations VE currently for sale in the US market.

ten Audi E-tron S – 4.3 seconds


Audi e-Tron tested in the Abu Dhabi desert
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The first dedicated electric Audi ever built was the e-tron SUV in 2019. It’s just as big as the Q7, but it’s more aerodynamic and sits a little lower than the ground. Plus, its new estimate is much more accurate, thanks to the magic of software updates.

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e-tron S front 3/4 view
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You might not expect it, but an Audi, of all brands, debuted in S trim in 2020. The car is available as a coupe and a traditional four-door called the e-tron Sportback. Powered by three motors, this 496 horsepower beast goes from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds.

9 Mercedes EQS580 – 4.1 seconds


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By: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is very committed to the electric vehicle revolution and wants to make sure it shows the public that it is trying. They’ve created the first electric vehicle to sit on a dedicated platform, the EQS, and while the styling is somewhat divisive, it’s essentially a battery-powered S-Class.


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Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQS as its entry-level AMG vehicle. Until their flagship AMG models appear, the fastest you can get is the EQS 550, which will take 4.1 seconds to hit 60. It might not be as fast as you’d like, but you have to consider the weight of the EQS, as well as its remarkable stat; its claimed range of about 600 miles.

8 Jaguar I-Pace – 4.0 seconds


Jaguar I Pace
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Jaguar is set to become an electric-only brand by 2025, and its journey began in 2017 with the introduction of the I-Pace. Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle, the I-Pace, is a crossover SUV, as are the first electric vehicles from many other automakers.


Jaguar I Pace
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The I-Pace has struggled recently due to fierce competition, but there’s a lot to like about it. It looks great, it rides great, the technology is awesome and it has a terrific 253 miles of range. Plus, the fastest model goes from 0 to 60 in just 4 seconds.

7 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT – 3.7 seconds


The front of the Mustang Mach-E GT
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Most enthusiasts weren’t impressed when Ford announced it would put the Mustang name on a battery-powered SUV, but the Mustang Mach-E proved to be surprisingly excellent for an electric vehicle and a good substitute for the Tesla Model Y.


Mach-E GT rear 3/4 view
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Given that this is a Mustang, it was only natural that a GT version wouldn’t be too far behind. It’s finally arrived and it will deliver levels of dynamics and fun never seen before on crossovers. The only version available has two motors, developing 480 horsepower and hitting 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds.


6 Audi RS E-tron GT – 3.3 seconds


The front of the RS e-tron GT
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This oddly named Audi e-tron GT is Audi’s take on the Porsche Taycan. Its electric powertrain is identical to that of the Taycan, but its ride and feel are slightly different from the Taycan. It also seems like a wonderful EV package from what we’re hearing.

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e-tron GT rear 3/4 view
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As with other Audi models, the e-tron GT has an RS version. This one comes with a set of dual electric motors and has a total output of 637 hp. Even so, it’s not quite as quick as the Taycan Turbo S. Still, a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds is nothing to be ashamed of.


5 Tesla Model 3 performance – 3.1 seconds


Model 3 Performance front 3/4 view
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When it comes to a new car that makes a splash, no other car does it better than the Tesla Model 3. The $35,000 Tesla Model has been touted by Tesla to consumers for so long, and the new electric vehicle is excellent so far. Yet, nevertheless, there are now some pretty decent competitors out there to challenge his throne.


The Model 3 Performance in tight turns
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Tesla is so proud of the 0-60 times of its cars that it makes them the centerpiece of its website, excluding power output. The Performance Edition of the Model 3 can go from 0-60 in just 3.1 seconds when launch control is engaged.

4 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – 2.6 seconds


Porsche Taycan Turbo S
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The Porsche Taycan, while expensive, is arguably one of the best and most comprehensive EV packages in the industry. The Taycan, the newest model in Porsche’s repertoire, has outsold the company’s 911 by an extremely large margin over the past two years.


Porsche Taycan Turbo S
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Porsche’s top-of-the-line Taycan Turbo S model has 751 horsepower; it can still drive pretty fast, even though it’s a heavy car. When launch control is activated, it accelerates from 0-60 in just 2.6 seconds, and so far no one has seen it in action and been stunned by its acceleration.


3 Lucid Air Dream Edition – 2.5 seconds


2022 Lucid Air
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First in prototype form in 2018, Lucid Motors promised the Air would be their answer to the unstoppable Tesla Model S. With production beginning in 2021, the Air has certainly garnered plenty of attention as the one of the most talked about electric cars at the moment.


Lucid Air front 3/4 view
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According to Lucid Motors, the Air looks fantastic and offers an impressive range of over 500 miles with the right equipment. The newest model, the Dream Edition, can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds while offering the driver and passengers total luxury and peace of mind.

2 Tesla Model X Plaid – 2.5 Seconds


Tesla Model X Blanket
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The Model S isn’t the only Tesla model available with the Plaid platform. It is also available in the Model X SUV, which can be ordered with a powerful three-motor transmission and 1,020 hp. Even though the Model X’s price is relatively high, it’s worth it if you’re looking for a good family car, especially one with a good battery-powered motor.

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Tesla Model X Blanket
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Tesla’s Model X Plaid is so fast it can hit 60mph in just 2.5 seconds, while still in the early stages of production. If this rumor is correct, the Model X Plaid will be the fastest accelerating SUV in the world right now.


1 Tesla Model S Plaid – 1.99 seconds*


Model S Plaid front 3/4 view
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Note the asterisk next to the time on the entry. Indeed, the 1,020 horsepower Tesla Model S Plaid can hit 100 km/h in 1.99 seconds, but only if the conditions are optimal. According to Engineering Explained, when Tesla tested the Model S, they ignored the first foot of the sprint.


Rear 3/4 view of Model S Plaid in motion
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The average 0-60 time for the Tesla Model S Plaid is actually 2.3 seconds. It might not be exact, but the Plaid is not lacking in amazing speedups. Not only is it one of the few cars capable of hitting 200 mph, but it’s also one of the first electric cars to do so.


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