This electric vehicle does use fuel, but not the kind you think. The Quant e-Sportlimousine is a four-seater that uses a salt water solution as fuel to charge two huge electric capacitors via an electrochemical reaction. The batteries allow it to go from zero to 60 in under 2.8 seconds and reach top speeds edging on 220 miles per hour. It made its debut earlier this year, and is actually being considered roadsafe in parts of Europe and Germany, meaning getting it at retail is a distinct possibility.
Renovo Motors Coupe
This badass, 500-horsepower roadster looks like it was conceived in a gritty, all-American city like Detroit or Chicago, but it was actually created in a town more known for its apps than its acceleration. Silicon Valley-based Renovo Motors made this entirely-electric vehicle with a muscle car aesthetic in mind, with the speed to match. It goes from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds and can easily hit top speeds of 120 miles per hour. Once the lithium ion batteries flatline, they can be quick-charged in just 30 minutes, or to maximum capacity in five hours. Renovo’s starting deliveries of this $529,000-a-pop beauty in early 2015.
Rimac Concept_One Electric Hyper Car
If you’re going to call your new ride a “hyper car,” you better back it up—and Rimac Automobili brought it. The $1-million Concept_One is not only one of the fastest electric cars, but it may also be one of the fastest supercars, period. (And, according to Guinness World Records, is already recognized as the fastest-accelerating.) It produces 1,088 horsepower and can accelerate from zero to 62 miles per hour in a snappy 2.8 seconds. The top speed? 190 miles per hour, with a battery range of 372 miles on one charge.
Detroit Electric SP:01
Born in California, this is the car that gave hope to speed-demon electric vehicle manufacturers that their cars, too, could compete alongside their fuel-burning brethren. The Tesla Motors Roadster is still technically one of the fastest EVs actually in production, with a zero to 60 of just under 3.7 seconds. Its range is 245 miles per charge (or 170 miles in just 30 minutes), and it is compatible with Tesla’s 112-plus North American “Supercharger” stations which will service roughly 98 per cent of the U.S. population by 2015.