The 5 Fastest Green Cars On The Planet
Nearly all owners of electric and hybrid hypercars have something in common. At one point or another, they’ve been asked the question:
‘So, how fast can that thing go?’
It’s a common misconception that green car technology lacks the muscle and power to achieve speed. This follows years of bad press and the occasional bad design – but the truth is that eco-friendly innovation has come a long way in recent years.
Many green cars, from electric to hybrid, can now fiercely compete with their petrol and diesel counterparts. And as this technology continues to become more widespread, there’s every reason to believe things will only improve.
Here are the world’s fastest green cars – divided into electric and hybrid hypercars, so you can judge for yourself.
Electric cars continue to take the car industry by storm – with the world’s top manufacturers producing their own take on the eco-friendly innovation.
1. BMW i3
Top speed: 100mph
Performance: 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds
Engine: 130kW electric motor
C02 Emissions: Zero
The first on our list, the BMW i3 is a masterful example of an electric city car. Unlike other green vehicles on this list, which fall into the sports car category, BMW have made a systematic attempt to develop green energy efficient automobiles which are largely accessible for everyday driving.
But not only that, the BMW i3 proves that electric cars can also be extremely fast. This urban mascot of green driving is robust, easy to drive, and surprisingly affordable compared to its competitors.
The only downside, however, is that the BMW i3 takes anywhere between 3-4 hours to charge. This will undoubtedly put off some potential buyers, but the overall performance and design of BMW’s attractive i3 should be enough to compensate.
2. Tesla S Performance
Top speed: 130mph
Performance: 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds
Engine: 310kW electric motor
C02 Emissions: Zero
Perhaps the most pioneering car manufacturer in the world, Tesla have paved the way for future generations in terms of electric motor technology.
The Tesla S Performance is certainly no exception – and is one of the fastest green cars on the planet, with an impressive 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds under its belt. This is due, in part, to the Mercedes-Benz auto-engineering, which promises an unbeatable drive, with eco-awareness built into its very heart.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that Tesla have succeeded in selling over 50,000 of these models. They continue to be in extremely high-demand, and the Tesla S Performance is likely to be the first of many electric vehicles from this brand.
3. Detroit Electric SP:01
Top speed: 155 mph (17km/h)
Performance: 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds
Engine: 210kW electric motor
C02 Emissions: Zero
Titled the fastest electric car on the planet, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is arguably the most impressive vehicle on this list – purely because it is powered entirely by hydroelectricity.
Available in two options, Pure and Performance, both of these models can deliver an unparalleled drive combined with excellent in-car technology. Narrowly beating the Tesla S Performance for speed, the SP:01 is certainly one of the most in-demand vehicles in the world. And with a relaunch due sometime in 2015, there’s every reason to believe Detroit will rule the waves once again.
And now for something completely different.
The last three cars included in this blog have all featured electric motors – making each model the pinnacle of zero-emissions driving.
But how do hybrid cars – specifically hybrid hypercars – compare with their electric counterparts?
Here are the three fastest part-petrol, part-electric motor vehicles on the market.
4. Porsche 918 Spyder
Top speed: 210 mph
Performance: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds
Engine: Turbocharged V8 + 2 electric motors
C02 Emissions: 70-72g/km
If you’re a fan of Top Gear, then you’ve probably seen this beauty at least once before.
This phenomenal vehicle is a testament that hybrid technology doesn’t need to compromise on performance – boasting an incredible 210 mph. This is thanks to Porsche’s unique combination of Turbocharged auto-engineering and innovative electric motoring. But moreover, what really makes the 918 Spyder stand out is its speed.
The 918 Spyder can achieve 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds – making it an insanely powerful vehicle, even beyond the world of hybrid hypercars.
And what’s more, Porsche have succeeded where others have failed – by creating a hybrid hypercar that not only performs well, but looks stunning too.
Top speed: 217mph
Performance: 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds
Engine: Turbocharged V8
C02 Emissions: 149g/km
The cream of the crop, the McLaren P1 is an undisputed triumph in green car technology.
Sleek, dynamic, and exceedingly fast, this exceptional vehicle has outperformed every other competitor in its class. It can reach seriously impressive speeds of 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds – making it one of the most exciting cars of the past decade.
However, this speed and performance does come at a price – both on your wallet and the environment. Producing 149g/km of C02, the McLaren P1 generates double the volume of carbon emissions compared to the Porsche 918 Spyder. Furthermore, this vehicle can come with a pricetag of anywhere between £800,0000 – £900,000.
But hey, it doesn’t hurt to dream.
The Fastest Green Cars
For champions of green car technology, the battle against fossil fuel dependency was never going to be easy. And there’s still a long way to go yet.
However, the car industry is taking small but significant steps to ensure this change.
One of the biggest misconceptions, however, is that the electric motor comes at the expense of speed and performance. Lucky for us, every year the industry pushes electric innovation one step further – with brands like BMW and Tesla leading the way.
And following the release of Tesla’s electric car patent in June 2014, there is no reason why electric motors won’t become more widely available in the coming generation.
This blog was written by Chris Taylor on behalf of The Tilsun Group, the vehicle leasing specialists.