The Five Fastest Green Cars

Posted on 21 March 2015 by Tony Santos

Green car technology is no stranger to negative press. And one of the easiest ways to criticise eco-friendly vehicles is by judging their overall performance – or supposed lack of it.

In this blog, we’ll aim to prove the critics wrong and show that green doesn’t mean slow.

Here are the top 5 fastest green cars on the planet.

    Chevrolet Spark EV

  1. Chevrolet Spark EV

Top speed: 90mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds

Engine: 97kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.£27,000

This charming vehicle has been mocked in the past as a ‘glorified golf cart’, but Chevrolet have proved that an electric vehicle certainly doesn’t demand inferior performance.

This impressive vehicle can succeed in reaching 0-60 mph in just 7.6 seconds – making it faster than Mercedes-Benz’s B-Class Electric Drive (7.9 seconds) and Honda’s Fit EV (8.5 seconds).

It’s not much of a surprise, then, that fans of the Chevrolet Spark EV have dubbed it better than its gas-powered counterpart – the Spark.

In addition to its great overall performance, the Chevrolet Spark EV also comes with a DC quick charge option. This means users can charge their vehicle to 80% in just 20 mins – a seriously impressive feature.

BMW i3

  1. BMW i3

Top speed: 100mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds

Engine: 130kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.£30,000

An ideal eco-friendly city car, the BMW i3 is exceptionally easy to drive – and is amongst some of the fastest electric cars on the planet. This has led critics to compare BMW’s eco warrior to similar models by Nissan, Chevrolet, and Ford – all of which prioritise speed and overall performance.

Visually, the design of BMW i3 is in-keeping with the manufacturer’s changing aesthetic. Robust, and perhaps slightly bulky, the Bavarian auto-engineering specialists have gone all-out to ensure this vehicle performs exceptionally well.

And reaching impressive heights of 0-60 mph in 7.2, no one can fault BMW’s incredible accomplishments.

But despite its excellent speeds, one of the downsides to the BMW i3 is its charge time – which can take anywhere between 3-4 hours. This will be undoubtedly disappointing to some drivers – however, it’s unlikely to put off inner-city commuters who value eco-friendly travel and efficiency.

Toyota RAV4 EV (Sports)

  1. Toyota RAV4 EV (Sports)

Top speed: 100mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7 seconds

Engine: 115kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$49,000

Designed specifically for the Californian market, the Toyota RAV 4 EV was a pioneer of the electric vehicle market – matched only with Tesla.

In terms of speed, the Toyota RAV 4 EV can achieve 60mph in an impressive 7.2 seconds when in Sports mode. However, when in Normal mode, things do slow down to 8.6 seconds – but the RAV 4 EV still manages to leave its competitors behind in its dust tracks.

Although this vehicle has now been discontinued by Toyota, it still remains a firm favourite amongst eco-conscious drivers who still value overall performance. The RAV 4 EV is also a great alternative to Tesla motors (if you feel that way inclined).

Tesla Model S Performance

  1. Tesla Model S Performance

Top speed: 130mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds

Engine: 310kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$98,000

Immensely popular and available in a variety of customisations, the Tesla Model S Performance is a fantastic inner-city electric vehicle. It has been widely praised as peerless in the green car category – providing drivers with the chance to fully charge this Tesla innovation in only 90 minutes.

And with over 50,000 of these models sold across the world, there’s no sign that the Tesla Model S Performance will be slowing down anytime soon.

But what’s so great about this particular electric vehicle?

The Tesla Model S Performance is exceptionally fast – reaching an impressive 130 mph, making it one of the highest performing vehicles in its class. And with Mercedes-sourced auto-engineering, you can be guaranteed a performance virtually unparalleled amongst electric cars.

In terms of in-car technology, this excellent vehicle comes with a seriously impressive 17-inch screen – resembling the latest tablet computer. However, it’s the incredible acceleration that really sets the Tesla Model S from its peers – providing a smooth and unforgettable driving experience.

Detroit Electric Sp 01

  1. Detroit Electric Sp:01

Top speed: 155mph (17km/h)

Performance: 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds

Engine: 210kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$80,000

If you’re a regular fan of Top Gear, then you’ll probably recognise this seriously impressive car. It has been resolutely voted the fastest green car on the planet – and with a re-launch due in 2015, it promises to be even better than before.

Top of its class and great to handle, this vehicle was created with one simple purpose: to produce the ‘world’s fastest production electric sports car’. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

This stunning vehicle comes in two options: Pure and Performance – both of which promise an exceptional drive with plenty of in-car technology. Pure – reaching heights of 106mph – is complemented with Performance which can excel speeds of 155 mph.

Compared to the Tesla Roadster (125 mph), or the Lotus Elise (122 mph), this makes the Detroit Electric SP:01 top of its class.

But perhaps what really makes this car stand out is its manual gear selector. Unlike other electric cars, which are usually single-speed, the Detroit Electric SP:01 paves the way for the future of green auto-engineering. Easier to drive and more efficient, Detroit has pulled out all the stops for this impressive electric car.

Fastest Green Cars on the Planet

With an increased customer demand for clean and high-performing electric vehicles, there are a number of excellent options available on the market.

Ranging from the (comparatively) affordable Chevrolet Spark EV, to the Detroit Electric supercar, it seems likely that electric car technology will become more and more accessible as time goes on.

And we can’t wait to see how this increased demand impacts overall performance too.

This blog was written by Chris Taylor on behalf of The Tilsun Group, the vehicle leasing specialists.

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