If you are planning to switch to an electric car, you may wonder if EVs are as powerful as internal combustion engine models and if they can satisfy your requirements. The good news is there are powerful electric cars from different manufacturers, and you will find something that suits you. Here, we gather the top 10 most powerful electric cars. Number 1 will surprise you!
About electric cars and kW / horsepower
Electric cars produce propulsion with the help of electric motors. This means that even when the total kW / horsepower is similar to an ICE, EVs have the added advantage of instantly having full torque available when you press the accelerator. As such, the first thing drivers new to EVs notice is that the car accelerates rapidly from zero velocity, making it look very powerful.
10. Mercedes-Benz EQS AMG 53 4MATIC+ 560 kW (751 hp)
Mercedes Benz makes it into our list of the most powerful electric cars with the EQS AMG 53 4MATIC+ that generates a whopping 560 kW (751hp) from its twin electric motors.
With a total torque of 1020 Nm, this electric car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/hr. Driving range is 580 km, according to WLTP testing.
9. Rivian R1T Quad-Motor AWD Large Pack 620 kW (831 hp)
Rivian is one of the new kids on the block, but it is mentioned on this list because of its electric pickup truck. The R1T with quad-motor configuration and large battery pack offers 620 kW (831 hp) in total.
You will feel the immense power when you accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds and clock a maximum speed of 180 km/h on the highway. The R1T can go 505 km between charges.
8. Tesla Model X Plaid 760 kW (1020 hp)
There is no way we could compile a list of the most powerful electric cars without mentioning Tesla. Its Model X plaid is a beast producing 760 kW (1020 hp) from three electric motors. This car can zoom from a standstill to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds and attain a blistering top speed of 262 km/h.
You can squeeze out 536 km on the road from the battery (WLTP estimates).
7. Tesla Model S Plaid 760 kW (1020 hp)
Here is another Tesla EV on our list of the most powerful electric car. It has three engines like the Model X but goes faster by completing 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.1 seconds, enough to earn it the title of the fastest electric production car. Careful how you step on the pedal as this fast car can reach 322 km/h.
The Model S Plaid offers 637 km on a single charge of the battery, according to WLTP.
6. Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance 828 kW (1110 hp)
Lucid Motors is another new startup on the EV scene, but it is already delivering impressive results. The Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance benefits from years of fine-tuning the components allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, courtesy of its two electric cars.
The speed tops out at 270 km/h. The car offers an exceptional 758 km driving range.
5. Tesla Roadster 1100 kW (1475 hp)
The upcoming new-gen Roadster is the third Tesla on our list of most powerful electric cars, and it is not without reasons. Thanks to its three electric motors outputting 1100 kW (1475 hp), you can do 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.1 seconds. If that is not fast enough for you, Tesla promises a SpaceX package that will take the 0 to 100 km/h acceleration below 2 seconds!
Only the brave can push this car to the limit, with speeding topping out at 400 km/h. Even more spectacular is the 1,000 km driving range.
4. Rimac Nevera 1408 kW (1887 hp)
Rimac is among the few EV makers brave enough to put you inside a car producing 1408 kW (1887 hp) from its electric motors. This is powerful enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a sub-2-seconds time of 1.97 seconds and a top speed of 412 km/h.
This performance car lasts 550 km before you have to find a charging station.
3. Pininfarina Battista 1417 kW (1899 hp)
The third most powerful electric car on our list is the Pininfarina Battista producing 1417 kW (1899 hp) courtesy of four electric motors.
Push this car to the limit, and you will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h. Driving range is 500 km.
2. Lotus Evija 1472 kW (1973 hp)
The Lotus Evija is so special that only 130 units will be produced. While the details are scant, you can expect 1472 kW (1973 hp) from the four electric motors, a top speed of 322 km/h, and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 2.9 seconds.
The driving range is the lowest on this list of most powerful electric cars, offering only 346 km.
1. Aspark Owl 1480 kW (1984 hp)
The most powerful electric car on our list is the Aspark Owl, which most people can’t buy because of its limited production run (50 units) and price (US$3,050,000).
However, the four electric motors generate 1480 kW (1984 hp), enough power to launch you from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.75 seconds. The battery is strong enough for a 400 km driving range (WLTP)