Do you like expensive toys as much as 1,300 men who search for “electric supercars for sale” on Google every month?
Actually, in ten years, electric (super)cars have gone from being expensive toys with below-average consumer-oriented characteristics to a fully-fledged alternative to cars with internal combustion engines.
Today, every respectable car manufacturer (from Mercedes-Benz to Porsche, to Audi, to Jaguar) has a battery powered car or a plan for it.
Does this mean that the future is already here and it’s time to switch to electric traction motors?
Electric vehicles market
Looking at the capabilities of electric cars today, it’s difficult not to give in to the desire to buy one.
- They don’t pollute the air, which means they are free to drive in city centers.
- They enjoy certain tax privileges.
- They are also incredibly fast — even large crossovers with under the floor batteries are able to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Not to mention the supercars that take even less time.
- Finally, they are extremely easy to live with – they require fewer moving parts mean less frequent and shorter visits to the service station.
- Plus, electric cars are extremely quiet.
- They are not without flaws, however. One of the main issues is the actual mileage, which rarely exceeds 300 miles.
- The second drawback is a lack of infrastructure: there are fewer fast charging points than conventional gas stations.
- Plus, for some, the roar of the V12 is the sweetest music in the world, and the smell of high-octane petrol is an incomparable aroma.
So, is an electric car a dream investment today? To find an answer to this question, we’ve compiled a short guide to their pros and cons.
Tesla: from the Model X with Falcon Wings doors to the much-awaited new Roadster
Tesla is usually the first brand that comes to mind when one brings up electric cars. This American manufacturer became the catalyst for major automotive corporations to start thinking about alternative energy sources.
The main players in the Tesla range are the Model S liftback and the Model X crossover cars that have won fame all over the world. The budget Model 3 is still not doing so well; the company is still working out some teething problems.
Model S and Model X cars are more popular as they have fewer production defects. Although it’s not just Tesla – not a single car in the world is insured against it.
There are no other disadvantages of owning a Tesla.
- It has record-breaking electricity reserve indicators (the P100D versions can drive over 300 miles even in extreme conditions), as well as the most potent power units which, in the Ludicrous mode, allow for stunning acceleration dynamics: cars go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
- In a quarter of a mile, the practical Model S and Model X cars, which can carry more than 5 passengers, are often faster than renowned supercars. This is one of the reasons behind Tesla’s immense popularity today.
- In addition to pure vehicle dynamics, Tesla can offer the world’s most convenient infotainment systems, the IVI, (according to a recent Consumer Reports study) and a wow effect like Falcon Wing doors in the Model X.
- And there is, of course, the much-awaited all-electric battery-powered four-seater Tesla Roadster sports car . The Roadster is the successor to Tesla’s first production car, which was the 2008 Roadster. Sales will begin in 2020, although not before yet another Tesla, The Model Y, goes on sale.
Rimac, a Croatian electric supercar
Consider investing in Croatia’s Rimac instead.
- First of all, we are talking about individually produced vehicles here. Each electric hypercar is custom made for each client, and each model is only produced in several dozen copies.
- Secondly, Rimac, just like Tesla, is a well-regarded name in the automotive world and has Porsche listed as its strategic partner.
- The company’s latest offering, the C_Two model is going to change the idea of what a modern hypercar should be. The C_Two can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, reach 258 mph at maximum speed, drive more than 400 miles on a single charge and recharge itself by 80% in just half an hour. Plus, the car has Level 4 driving automation.
Deliveries to customers are planned for 2020, while the circulation of C_Two will be only 150 examples, most of which have already been sold.
This is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing electric cars today. Just like her “brother”, the Pininfarina Battista electric-powered hypercar.
Jaguar I-Pace, a (quite fast) electric SUV with a good price/quality ratio
The compact I-Pace crossover is the only electric vehicle produced by this British brand so far. But it has already managed to gain a growing army of fans.
Jaguar has in its favor an easily recognizable identity, brand recognition, comfortable ride and interior, as well as good dynamics.
- The SUV only needs 4.8 seconds to accelerate to 62 mph and its maximum speed can reach 124 mph.
- In terms of mileage and speed, the debut electric car from Jaguar loses to the Tesla Model X flagship versions but it’s just as good in terms of price / quality ratio.
- Earlier this year, the I-Pace has been voted ‘Car of the Year’ at the European Car of the Year Awards 2019 and World Car of the Year.
- Plus, the Brits know how to tune the chassis. The low center of gravity also helps. A worthy contender for your hard-earned dollars, euros or pounds.
Audi e-tron, an electric crossover with high-quality interior and innovative features
This Ingolstadt-based company has been experimenting with electric engines for a while, and has managed to build a dozen e-tron thematic concept cars.
Audi didn’t start serial production of electric cars until the end of 2018, however.
- The e-tron crossover pleases the eye with high-quality interior and exterior as well as innovative rear-view cameras that have replaced side mirrors.
- But its mileage looks unimpressive against its competitors (it barely reaches 200 miles), and its dynamic figures are poor. The car takes 6.4 seconds to reach 62 mph.
- The e-tron can be charged at 150 kW – this means that 80% of the charge can be replenished in just half an hour.
Mercedes EQC, an electric car with extra power
But the Mercedes EQC, whose mass production started at the beginning of May, claims a charge to 80% in 40 minutes but accelerates to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds.
- There is a logical explanation why EQC is faster – the Mercedes electric crossover has an additional 50 hp.
- At the same time, EQC is cheaper than its main competitor, the e-tron. The difference in the base prices of these two vehicles is about 8,500 euros.
- However, so far no one really knows what the EQC is like on the move.
BMW i3 is expected to be added to the line in 2019
BMW has a fully-fledged electric car in its stable, the i3.
- But clients often order this compact hatchback with a modest mileage with a Range-Extender, or a gasoline 2-cylinder engine from the BMW С650 scooter.
- The gasoline engine works like a generator and provides additional energy for batteries, driving up the electricity reserve from 100 to 200 miles.
- At the end of 2019, a BMW iX3 crossover is expected to be added to the line.
- We believe it’s best to reserve judgment about BMW’s successes in this field until then.
Porsche Taycan, an electric supercar with two synchronous motors
- Presentation of the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, is set to take place roughly at the same time begin next year.
- Two permanently excited synchronous motors with an output of over 600 hp (440 kW) accelerate the four-door coupe to 62 mph in well under 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph in under twelve seconds.
- Buyers will be offered a fast-charger that will provide the Taycan with enough charge in 15 minutes, enough for 250 miles.
- This car is destined to become Tesla Model S’s first serious competitor.
Electric cars: how do they work?
Looking at the dynamic performance of Tesla and Rimac, we have a question: do these numbers mean that in the sport cars segment, electric cars have won an unconditional victory over V12 supercars and the like? There isn’t a clear answer now. Probably not.
- Electric cars have more stability on curves due to a low center of gravity, more torque right from the start and more power, due to a higher number of motors (for example, Rimac C_Two is equipped with four electric motors, one for each wheel).
- These cars have one significant flaw – they are very heavy, due to the weight of the batteries.
- This is why the electric cars show their advantages when it comes to the dynamics on straight roads. Gasoline-powered vehicles are faster on the bends. Just look up the results at the Nürburgring Norschleife circuit, where V12s, V10s or flat-sixes are still ruling the ball.
- This being said, in situations when pure speed and mileage… are secondary, electric cars are a great choice today. And they are only getting started.