These 5 crazy-fast electric cars are giving supercars a run for their money

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Electric cars are pushing the envelope on their need for speed.

Several startups aiming to break into the electric car space are looking to put their names on the map by building absurdly fast supercars. But it’s not just startups – even big names like Mercedes-Benz are showing off electric cars built for speed.

We’re talking crazy-quick 0-60 mph times here and top speeds – the dynamic duo by which all high-performance cars are judged.

Scroll down for the 5 fastest ones we could find:


1. Startup NextEV’s electric supercar, the Nio EP9, is capable of reaching a top speed of 194 mph and accelerating to 100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) in just 2.7 seconds

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The Nio EP9 has broken two separate speed records. The first was on the 13-mile Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany, where it set a lap record of 7 minutes and 5.12 seconds.

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It also holds the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, at 1 minute and 52.78 seconds.

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The startup claims the Nio EP9 has an impressive range of 265 miles.


2. French auto manufacturer Renault unveiled its electric supercar concept, the Trezor, in September. Renault says it has a power output of 350 hp and 280 ft.-lb. of torque, but the car hasn’t been clocked on a track.

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Renault derived those specs based on the car’s motor, which is derived from the motor used in Renault’s e.dams, the two-time winner of the Formula E racing title.

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Renault didn’t release a top speed for the concept car, but said it can accelerate to 100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) in less than 4 seconds.

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The Trezor also comes with some cool design features, such as canopy doors that lift up so you climb into the vehicle. Renault didn’t provide the car’s range.


3. Mercedes unveiled its Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept car in August. Mercedes says it generates a whopping 738 horsepower, but it also hasn’t been tested in the field.

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Mercedes said the 18.5-foot long concept can reach a top speed of 155 mph and accelerate to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.

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Perhaps more impressive is that the car can charge to 62 miles of range in just five minutes, according to Mercedes.

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Mercedes said the car has a range of 200 miles.


4. Croatian car manufacturer Rimac showed off its Concept_One electric supercar at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It has bonkers power, roughly 1,070 horsepower, and 1,180 ft.-lb of torque.

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The Rimac has even beat the Porsche Spyder 918 in a face-off with a sub 9.9-second quarter-mile time.


The car can reach a top speed of 355 kilometers-per-hour (roughly 220 mph) and accelerate to 100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds, making it the most impressive electric supercar, speedwise, on this list.

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There’s no word yet on range, but with that kind of speed, how far you can travel probably isn’t your biggest concern if you want to buy this car.

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Only eight Concept_One cars were made available for purchase.


5. A modified electric Chevy Corvette that broke two world speed records is undergoing a limited production run and is slated for deliveries in 2019.

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The car broke the world record for fastest legal electric car at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds/Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida, with a top speed of 186.9 mph in March. It then broke its own record in July with a top speed of 205.6 mph.

For reference, NextEV’s car mentioned earlier can reach a top speed of 194 and has broken its own record, according to the startup. Rimac also claims its Concept_One can beat both the Corvette and Nio with a top speed of 220 mph.


Called the Genovation GXE, the Vette has a range of 130 miles.

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Those looking to buy can reserve one now with a $250,000 deposit. The car will cost a total of $750,000.

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