The official reason for getting an EV is saving the planet. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves to justify purchasing a car that is usually thousands more expensive than the petrol or diesel-driven equivalent. But the real reason why many of us have taken the plunge and gone electric is that the technology is really cool, and in many cases actually better than what fossil fuels can deliver. EVs are frequently faster than fossil, the connected tech is more advanced, and many of the new companies involved have thrown the rulebook out the window where design is concerned. So here, in no particular order, are the 10 most exciting electric vehicles around today, or very close to being around today.
No self-respecting list of exciting EVs could miss out Tesla, as everything the company makes has broken new ground at launch. The original Roadster pioneered the idea that EVs could be exciting at all, and successive releases have taken the concept further mainstream. For the 2020 Roadster, Tesla is promising a 0-60 time of just 1.9 seconds, a top speed over 250mph, and a 620-mile range – but presumably not if you’re driving at the maximum velocity. To put this in perspective, a Bugatti Chiron takes 2.4 seconds to hit 62mph, although the Super Sport 300+ variant has managed to hit over 300mph. Amazingly, Musk is claiming Tesla will sell the new Roadster for $200,000, which seems like a lot until you look at how much fossil fuel cars with this kind of performance cost. The aforementioned Chiron is around $2.8 million. There’s even talk of the new Roadster having Space X rockets and the ability to fly, but we’ll believe this when we see it.
It’s fitting that the next on our list is from legendary British sportscar manufacturer Lotus, since the original Tesla Roadster was based on a Lotus Elise. The Evija will boast 1,972hp, making it the most powerful production road car when it arrives. It promises a sub-3 seconds 0-60mph sprint and top speed over 200mph, with a 215-mile range. However, unlike the Tesla Roadster, this will be a hypercar for hypercar money – around £2 million ($2.6 million). You may be asking – why not get a Roadster? But Lotus knows a thing or two about handling, so the Evija is much anticipated for the driving experience it is likely to deliver. Lotus has also stated that its next generation of cars will be its last fossil-fuel ones, after which the company will be going EV-only.Read More..