Who says you can't drive a car that's both fast and zero-emissions? Below we rank the UK's all electric cars for quickest acceleration off the mark—and identify the best affordable EVs for speed if you're on a budget.
Fastest Electric Cars in the UK
The fastest electric car in the UK is the Tesla Model S Performance, which does 0-60 mph in a mere 2.6 seconds. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is not far behind at 2.8 seconds (the Taycan is also the EV with the fastest charging time).
Altogether there are 15 electric car models in the UK that are capable of reaching 60 mph in under 6 seconds—in addition to Tesla and Porsche this list includes EVs from Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi.
|Top 15 Fastest UK Electric Cars||Acceleration 0 - 62 mph (sec)|
|1||Tesla Model S Performance||2.6|
|2||Porsche Taycan Turbo S||2.8|
|3||Tesla Model X Performance||2.9|
|4||Porsche Taycan Turbo||3.2|
|5||Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance||3.4|
|6||Tesla Model S Long Range||3.8|
|7||Porsche Taycan 4S||4|
|8||Porsche Taycan 4S Plus||4|
|9||Tesla Model X Long Range||4.6|
|10||Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor||4.6|
|12||Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC||5.1|
|13||Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus||5.6|
|14||Audi e-tron 55 quattro||5.7|
|15||Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro||5.7|
The average starting OTR cost of the fast cars in this list is £81,544. What if you want to spend less but still get a fast electric car?
Fastest Affordable Electric Cars
For those wanting to spend less money, there are some really nice EV options in the UK that will still give you a thrill when you drive but are easier on the wallet. In fact, the following 4 electric cars all achieve 0-60 mph in under 7.3 seconds and cost between £24,900 and £34,670—much more affordable than the luxury cars listed above.
|Affordable, Fast Evs||Acceleration 0 - 62 mph (sec)||Starting OTR Price|
|BMW i3s 120Ah||6.9||£34,670|
|BMW i3 120Ah||7.3||£32,180|
|Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh||7.3||£33,295|
For comparison sake, the average 0-60 mph of the top 10 cheapest EVs in the UK market is only 11.1 seconds, making the affordable EVs mentioned above around 35% quicker in terms of acceleration.
We analysed data from the EV Database on acceleration and starting OTR prices to create our list of the fastest EVs in the UK and the most affordable fast EVs.