All-electric cars aren’t just on the way, they’re here. And they’re here to stay. Time will tell exactly when petrol and diesel cars will be outlawed across the world, but countries such as the UK are introducing bans as early as 2035. For those with a love for driving this is hardly news to celebrate - electric cars have so far been a bit dull. But going forward this won’t be the case as the world’s top manufacturers race to introduce eco-machines that are as exciting to drive as they are environmentally friendly. Here are five that are about to change the game.
The first of the big name marques to launch an all-electric sports car, Porsche are extremely confident about the Taycan, and they should be. The Turbo S model hits 60mph from standstill in just 2.8 seconds, and has a range of up to 280 miles. And if you thought electric cars would never sound good, it will prove you wrong.
Lots of noise has been made about Tesla’s Cybertruck lately, but we’re most excited about the new Roadster. Tesla claims it will be the fastest car in the world when released, and if it nails its 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds and top speed of over 250mph, it won't be lying. Arguably more impressive though is the claimed range of 620 miles, which if accurate will be the farthest to date.
The Polestar 2 is basically a giant app. It’s the first car ever to have Android run its computer system and features ‘natural speech recognition’ so you can talk to it when you get bored. It doesn’t even have a key; all it needs is your phone to open and start it and rather than colours it comes in ‘themes’ such as Shanghai and London. Oh, and the interior is vegan - it’s the future, basically.
Forget electric supercars, the Lotus Evija is Britain’s first electric hypercar. The stats back this up: 1,972bhp, a 200mph+ top speed and a price tag just shy of £2 million. It’s designed ‘for the drivers’ Lotus says, and this makes sense considering the brand’s racing heritage and history of making lightweight, nimble production cars. It could be one of the fastest cars ever, which is even more impressive considering Lotus nearly went bankrupt just seven years ago.
At this stage, Lotus’ main rival will be this, the Pininfarina Battista. It too has around 1,900bhp and aims to conquer the burgeoning world of unfeasibly fast electric cars. The marque has roots in the Italian design firm responsible for some of the most beautiful cars of all time, so thankfully the Battista has the styling to match its performance. With only 150 being produced though, its looks are reserved for a select few.