The days of electric cars looking like sideways raindrops and bubble vehicles cruising down the road are long gone. They’ve now been replaced by the era of the electric sports car. This may be one of the most exciting advances in automobile technology. It’s certainly one of the most desired types of vehicle on the planet today.
Electric sports car options have absolutely exploded over the last decade or so. They have turned the automotive industry on its head. This used to be the landscape of the “fringe company”. It was the kind of automobile manufacturers that would look to make a splash rather than establish operations looking to leverage advanced electronic technology – but things have changed there as well.
Today there are a lot of major automakers producing their own electric sports car. There are many more in the manufacturing pipeline sure to hit the market in the next 10 years. Here are just some of the most exciting electric sports car options on the market today.
The Rimac Concept One
This electric sports car hails from Croatia (not exactly known as the home of automotive or engineering breakthroughs). It is quickly becoming one of the most “must-have” automobiles on the planet today for a variety of different reasons.
For one thing, the aggressive styling behind this particular vehicle is second to none. It’s especially attractive to those who love the Italian super-car look but want to leverage electronic automobile technology.
Secondly, this sports car is capable of traveling almost 400 miles on a single charge and can get up to 60 mph in less than three seconds from a dead stop. It can also cruise comfortably at 190 mph without breaking a sweat.
Yes, this electric sports car commands a sticker price of $1 million (and there are only 88 of these available for sale EVER), but if you have the cash this is the electric sports car to own for sure.
The Tesla Model S
This just might be the electric sports car that started it all, the Tesla Model S.
It is the brainchild and baby of the legendary entrepreneur (and rumored inspiration for the Robert Downey Junior version of Tony Stark/Iron Man) Elon Musk. The Tesla Model S is a game changer in every way imaginable.
Beautiful, powerful, and 100% electric – not to mention surprisingly affordable (especially compared to some of the other options on this list), it’s the electric sports car that most people want to have in their garage.
The Lightning GT
Manufactured by England’s Lightning Car Company (a relatively new startup), the Lightning GT is one of the most aggressively styled options you’re going to find out there right now. It’s also one of the few contenders that might be able to topple the Tesla from its perch atop the industry right now.
It shows off advanced technology (including one of the most impressive lithium titanate batteries to produce a 155 mile range (225 miles with a range extender pack). It’s also one of the fastest electric sports cars you can slide behind the wheel of. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just under five seconds.
The Audi R8 E-Tron
The “traditional” Audi R8 is one of the most popular sports cars on the planet right now, but the electronic version – the Audi R8 E-Tron – is giving it a run for its money.
Taking advantage of all the advanced engineering that Audi threw behind the original R8 but instead replacing the V8 and V10 power plants with electric technology, this car is almost a 1:1 replica of that traditional vehicle. This isn’t exactly a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s possible to go 124+ miles on a single charge in this new Audi R8 E-Tron. Although it costs about $200,000 to own this bad boy, it’s one of the hottest commodities in the Audi lineup.
The PG Elektrus
Certainly one of the most innovative electric sports cars you’re going to find anywhere right now, the PG Elektrus is built on the back of the Lotus Elise platform – and it definitely shows.
Everything about this sports car is aggressive from the exterior and interior styling to the fact that it can go from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph in the blink of an eye. For that kind of performance, there aren’t too terribly many people out there that are sweating the $350,000 price tag, either.
Thoughts on the future of the electric sports car
Again, this is only a few of the many new electric sports cars that are available. Electrically powered vehicles are soon going to be the norm so it may not be wise to jump on these right now. In the coming years we will see many more waves of innovation and prices dropping. It could be that we will have a vehicle with similar performance as these at a highly affordable price in a few years.
The very affordable Tesla model S has already upgraded itself multiple times. First it was changed to All-Wheel-Drive, now more recently; it’s had a newer and faster setting added to the electronic controls. While it’s had these additions, the price has remained pretty much the same. If this trend continues, we are in for some really nice vehicles at great prices in the coming years. We’ll also save a lot on fuel and get much improved MPG.
Also please keep in mind that it wasn’t too long ago that the Citicar was considered state of the art.