At a glance:

  • Electric cars have well and truly shed their image as slow or ‘boring’ vehicles - and many are now faster than the most powerful supercars
  • We’ve listed some of the fastest electric cars based on how quickly they can go from 0-60mph
  • Find out what the fastest electric car is on the market today
  • Learn why EVs can pull away faster than petrol alternatives


Until the mid-2000s, electric cars didn’t have the most exciting reputation, with some critics calling them souped-up ‘milk floats’. But things have changed dramatically since then. 

Today, many of the fastest cars in the world are electric, with competitions like Formula-E (an all-electric version of Formula 1) showcasing the most cutting-edge technology, powerful engines and incredible aerodynamics that the EV world has to offer.

Although several electric concept cars can provide breakneck acceleration (such as the McMurty Spierling, the fastest car in the world), the fastest top-speed electric vehicles tend to cost a whopping seven figures or more. Luckily, there are some more affordable EVs that still reach impressive speeds. But before we see some of the fastest EVs on offer in 2023, let’s take a look at why electric cars are so speedy.

Why are EVs so fast?

The fastest electric cars in 2023 are not only the speediest in this fuel category, but they’re generally faster than petrol or diesel alternatives too. 

Why? Essentially, EVs are faster because they have fewer moving parts. In a traditional internal combustion engine (what you find in petrol or diesel cars), hundreds of pieces of equipment need to work in perfect unison to deliver fuel to the engine, spark it to create a controlled explosion which turns the engine and then the wheels. 

But electric vehicles cut out a lot of these steps, delivering instant power (known as torque) from the battery to the motor. That means you can accelerate extremely quickly. What’s more, high-end EVs tend to have both front and rear motors, delivering power to the wheels in unison, which also helps you get off the mark.

Even with all these advantages, there’s still a bit of a gap between the fastest top-speed electric cars and their petrol or diesel equivalents – but only professional racers need to drive at 200+ mph anyway. And who knows, maybe in a few years, fast EVs might get even faster (and more affordable).

The fastest electric cars you can buy in 2023

Just like with petrol and diesel cars, the fastest EVs come with pretty hefty price tags. So, before we get into our list of more affordable options, here are some of the fastest (and most expensive) EVs out there:

Notable Mentions:

1. McMurty Speirling - Under 1.5 seconds

The McMurty Speirling has set the EV world alight with its earth-bending performance and crazy looks. This epic car currently holds the record at the famous Goodwood Hillclimb (an annual motors sports festival), outpacing many other high-performance petrol cars. It uses a full carbon fibre construction, which means it weighs less than one tonne. This light weight helps keep it super fast. It’s no surprise that all of this comes at a price – £2 million, to be exact. However, even if you had a spare £2 million lying around, the Speirling isn’t currently for sale (but there are rumours that a road-legal version is in the works).

Best Features

  • Top Speed – over 200 mph
  • Range – Up to 350 miles
  • Cost – £2,000,000

2. Tesla Model S Plaid - 1.99 seconds

The Model S Plaid is a comfortable, spacious and well-equipped saloon that also happens to outpace many supercars. It’s essentially a special edition of the regular Model S, adding a third electric motor, compared to the range’s usual two engines. Inside, it’s just as comfortable as the Model S and has all the tech, ergonomic seating, and luxurious trim you’d expect from a high-end car. It’s also available with Tesla’s ‘Yoke’ steering wheel, which feels like something out of science fiction. 

Best Features

  • Top Speed – 200 mph
  • Range – Up to 396 miles
  • Cost – New models from £72,000 ($90,000)

3. Tesla Model X Plaid - 2.6 seconds

The Model X is Tesla’s SUV range, and with acceleration of 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, it’s the fastest starting SUV out there. As with the Model S Plaid, this EV features a third electric motor, which means it accelerates even faster. That’s helped by its aerodynamic design, which helps it ‘cut’ through the air more effectively. Inside, it’s got bags of space and can seat up to seven people – that’s one fast people carrier! You’ll also find those amazing ‘falcon’ doors, which fold up and give the whole car a futuristic feel. 

Best Features

  • Top Speed – 163 mph
  • Range – Up to 333 miles
  • Cost – New models from £95,000 ($119,000)

4. Porsche Taycan Turbo S - 2.6 seconds

Porsche’s first electric car has been a roaring success, bringing great looks, loads of equipment and a healthy dose of performance to the market. Its 0-60 mph speed of 2.6 seconds is proper, pushed-back-in-your-seat stuff and puts it up there among the fastest electric cars in 2023. The Taycan achieves this through a dual-motor set-up, which helps it accelerate fast in all conditions. It also comes with a special dial on the steering wheel to change driving modes and conserve battery, in case you want to take things a bit slower.

Besides that, you get a sumptuous interior, good quality tech and plenty of space – it’s almost saloon or estate-like in size but looks far more attractive. And with a range of 291 miles and fast charging (10-80% in 20 minutes), it’s also really practical.

Best Features

  • Top Speed – 160 mph
  • Range – Up to 291 miles
  • Cost – New models from £142,000

Affordable Fastest EVs

There are a few ‘everyday’ EVs you can buy that are capable of rapid acceleration like the cars above. While some cars in this list are still pricey, compared to vehicles like the Spierling, they are much more reasonable. With that said,, here are some of the more affordable fast EVs:

1. Tesla Model 3 Performance - 3.1 seconds

The Model 3 might be one of Tesla’s more affordable models, but this doesn’t stop it from being one of the fastest electric cars in 2023. Able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds, it’ll really blow your socks off. And, with used models for sale in the low £20,000’s, this is probably the most accessible fast EV. 

The saloon has a great range of 329 miles on a single charge, you can access Tesla’s nationwide supercharger network and offers loads of high-tech entertainment (such as watching Netflix on the massive touchscreen while you wait for it to charge).

Best Features

  • Range – Up to 329 miles
  • Battery size – Up to 82kW
  • Style/body – saloon 
  • Cost – From £57,000 new, or £23,000 used
  • Charge time – 20-30 mins for 5-80% (rapid), 11 hrs for 0-100% (home wallbox)

2. Audi RS e-tron Quattro - 3.1 seconds

The RS e-tron Quattro brings Audi’s famous Quattro performance into the electric age. It’s very fast, going from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, and dual motors give it all-wheel drive – so no wheel spin when pulling away from standing. This is a fantastically engineered car and a real pleasure to drive, providing control, smooth handling and a sense of connection with the road. And with a range of 298 miles, that’s plenty for most trips. 

Inside, it’s spacious (and can seat five people), is supremely comfortable, and combines a 12.3-inch touchscreen with buttons and knobs – which makes it a little easier to change settings while you’ve got your eyes on the road. This mix of speed and practicality makes it one of the best fast electric cars for 2023.

Best Features

  • Range – Up to 298 miles
  • Battery size – Up to 85kWh
  • Style/body – Saloon
  • Cost – From £60,000 new, or £25,000 used
  • Charge time – 30 mins for 20-80% (rapid), 13 hrs for 0-100% (home wallbox)

3. Kia EV6 GT - 3.2 seconds

Kia is running with the big-name manufacturers thanks to its surprisingly fast EV6 GT. What you get is a practical, family-friendly saloon that just happens to be very, very fast away from the lights. Push the ‘GT’ button on the steering wheel, and the car goes into its most focused setting, letting you speed away to your heart’s content. 

Best Features

  • Range – Up to 263 miles
  • Battery size – Up to 77.4kWh
  • Style/body – saloon
  • Cost – From £45,000 new, or £35,000 used
  • Charge time – 18mins for 10-80% (rapid), 9hrs 50mins for 0-100% (home wallbox)


So there you have it, our list of the fastest EVs on the market in 2023. While some cars were missing from our list (like the highly anticipated Tesla Roadster), we hope you can see that slow, boring EVs are a thing of the past. 

We’ve also got to recognise that, as with all things EV, the fastest electric cars keep changing, so our list reflects the current vehicles on sale as of April 2023. Who knows, maybe we’ll have a whole new list in a few years. 

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