Tesla gets another (obvious) honor: quickest electric car

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The Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt have little in common beyond their respective segment shares in the electric vehicle industry.

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The Volt is a wise choice in the entry-level electric car segment. It may the slowest among the top-17 electric vehicles in the standard 0-60 mph acceleration test. But it offers a good balance between performance, comfort and price.

The Tesla Model S is a wise choice in the high-end electric segment. It’s the fastest vehicle currently available in the mainstream automobile market and it’s among the fastest cars, electric or gas, street legal or not.

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Motor Trend recently named the Tesla Model S as one of the top-10 American cars in history. The Tesla has also been designated as the safest vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Tesla Model S is fastest electric car.
The Tesla Model S is the fastest mainstream electric car.

For electric vehicle buyers interested only in top performance, here’s the list in reserve order of the 0-60 mph acceleration results of top-17 electric vehicles available in the United States.

(Note: Several vehicles on the list have identical 0-60 mph test times.)

17. Chevy Volt, 8.8 seconds.
16. Fiat 500e, 8.7 seconds.
15. Ford C-Max Energi, 8.5 seconds.
14. Renault Zoe, 8.2 seconds.
12. Ford Fusion Energi, 7.9 seconds. (REVIEWED
12. Mercedes B-Class Electric, 7.9 seconds.
11. Cadillac ELR, 7.8 seconds.
9. Volkswagen Golf GTE, 7.6 seconds.
9. Audi A3 e-tron, 7.6 seconds.
8. Chevy Spark EV, 7.2 seconds.
7. BMW i3, 7.1 seconds.
6. Mercedes 350e, 5.9 seconds.
5. Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid, 5.7 seconds.
4. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, 5.4 seconds.
3. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, 5.2 seconds.
2. BMW i8, 4.4 seconds.
1. Tesla Model S, 2.8–5.9 seconds (depending upon battery option.)

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1 thought on “Tesla gets another (obvious) honor: quickest electric car”

  1. The fastest S Models are the ones with 4 wheel drive like the P85D. The standard 2 wheel drive Model S’s are significantly slower off the line.

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