In the past, electric vehicles and cars were synonymous with frumpy, slow, limited-range vehicles that couldn’t compete with their gasoline rivals on just about any playing field. Then a small company from California came along, grabbed the EV paradigm by the scruff, and shook it until that school of thought was effectively changed. Tesla Motors is now a leading producer of electric cars, even though it’s only made two models in its short history.
But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the Tesla Model S sedan is among the slowest high-performance electric cars in the world. Granted, it’s one of the only ones that you can buy, but private parties and small garages have jumped on electric vehicle conversions to push the limits on the technology. The quickest EV on paper? You’ll have to read on to find out, but rest assured, it’s pretty darn quick.
We spent some time grooming through the web to find the quickest — not necessarily the fastest, though the two are sometimes synonymous — electric vehicles ever made. Exact statistics on these cars are often hazy and not necessarily official, but we did our best to rank the following in order of quickness, quantified by the time it takes to accelerate from a standstill to 60 miles per hour. We’ve omitted the purpose-built electric dragsters and the “Buckeye Bullet” electric speed record vehicle, since these aren’t as much cars as they are purpose-built rocket ships (but they’re definitely worth looking into!). Check out who and what is on the leading edge of electric car technology and ability after the jump.