Many people’s main ambition in life is to own a sports car they can use and enjoy on weekends, but with the rise of electric cars, you can now have one car that does both.
Thanks to the insane torque and acceleration electric cars offer, you’d be daft to choose something slower for during the week.
Here are 10 of the fastest family EVs that will embarrass any supercar.
10) Volkswagen ID.4 – 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds
Introducing the ID.4 – a larger, more practical version of the brand’s hatchback, despite sharing the same platform.
In its range-topping GTX spec, the ID.4 can launch itself from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, beating most other sports SUVs on the road – especially old-fashioned petrol or diesel-powered ones.
The ID.4 GTX can achieve this sort of performance thanks to its 299hp setup, which conveniently returns up to 298 miles of range on a single charge from its 77kWh battery.
9) Volvo XC40 Recharge – 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds
You may be familiar with the previous ‘standard’ XC40, which was powered by either a petrol or diesel engine. Well, now there’s an all-electric model called the XC40 Recharge – and it's really fast.
Powering this Volvo is a 78kWh battery that’s paired with two electric motors, putting out a combined 408hp – making it the fastest XC40 money can buy.
This power output allows the XC40 Recharge to propel itself from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, which is blistering when you think about it.
8) Jaguar I-Pace - 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds
Not only is it one of the most luxurious cars the brand has ever made, it’s also really quick for a family SUV that weighs 2.2 tonnes.
From its two electric motors, the I-Pace puts out 400hp, which enables it to get from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds – which isn’t too far off that of a Porsche Cayman sports car.
7) Audi e-tron – 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds
Powering the Audi e-tron SUV are two electric motors that combine to produce 408hp and then work together with the car’s 71kWh battery to get from 0-62mph in as little as 4.5 seconds.
It also has a clever regenerative braking feature that pumps a little bit of juice back in the battery when you brake or lift on the throttle.
See the Audi e-tron GT in action
The Polestar 2 is one of those cars that often goes unnoticed because of its rarity, but in actual fact, it’s one of the best electric cars money can buy.
Polestar, a sister brand to Volvo, leads the way in electric vehicle manufacturing in that part of the world – and this model is also really fast.
The range-topping Polestar 2 Performance Pack is seriously impressive and doesn’t just offer good handling and great range, but also some punchy power.
Producing 475hp from its dual motor setup, the Polestar 2 can launch itself from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds – the same as a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spider.
5) Ford Mustang Mach-E – 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds
The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is one of the quickest cars Ford makes, and it’s a family SUV. You may notice this trend with a lot of the cars on this list, but this just proves how rapid electric cars can be.
Ford’s Mach-E GT can launch itself from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, which beats a proper V8 Mustang by about a second – madness!
Even if you don’t buy the powerful GT variant, the standard one packs a serious punch and can get from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 124mph.
4) Tesla Model 3 – 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds
We should say this is only with the Model 3 Performance and with a one-foot rollout, but still, it’s impressive when put up against its rivals.
Even the standard Model 3 is quick, with a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds – matching the speed of many sports cars.
3) Porsche Taycan Turbo S – 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds
The Porsche Taycan in Turbo S form really is something a behold. It can launch itself from a standstill to 62mph in 2.8 seconds, which is incredible for a four-seat family car.
All Taycans are the same when it comes to mind-boggling power, with the basic rear-wheel drive model being able to get to 62mph in 5.1 seconds, which, to put it into perspective, is the exact same as a Lamborghini Countach – one of the most iconic supercars of all time.
2) Tesla Model X – 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds
There aren’t many two-and-a-half-tonne SUVs that can propel themselves from 0-62mph in two and a half seconds – but the mighty Model X Plaid can do just that.
The fact that seven people can pile into a Model X and go that quick is mind-boggling.
1) Tesla Model S – 0-62mph in 1.99 seconds
Sitting at the top of the performance electric family car tree is the Tesla Model S, which has remained one of the most impressive electric vehicles on the market since its launch in 2012.
The fastest variant is the Model S Plaid, which can launch itself from 0-62mph in a really quite frightening 1.99 seconds.
This is quicker than pretty much everything else on the road, and you can really feel it.
It’s able to do this because it produces more than 1,000hp, but even the standard model’s 660hp is plenty, propelling it from 0-62mph in a respectable 3.1 seconds – again, beating pretty much everything else on the road.
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