Is there an electric sports car? Almost 10 years ago, the first Model S rolled off Tesla’s production line in Freemont, California. Only 6,500 cars were delivered in 2012. But despite these small numbers, the Model S proved extremely disruptive to the auto industry. Plus, redefining the boundaries of performance and luxury for automakers around the world.
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Prior to the release of the Model S, the US electric vehicle market was dominated by Nissan and Chevrolet. Who offered the Leaf and the Bolt, respectively. Both of these cars offered ranges of 70-100 miles, nearly 10 seconds 0-60 times, and top speeds of 90 mph. They weren’t attractive, luxurious or practical cars, but they were 100% electric.
When consumers finally got their hands on Tesla’s Model S later in 2012, public perceptions and norms for electric vehicles were turned upside down. The Tesla Model S was a futuristic, luxurious and above all practical car. With ranges of over 300 miles, a 0-60x supercar, and extremely advanced technology, the Tesla Model S has proven to the world that electric vehicles have the ability to directly compete with traditional combustion vehicles.
As Tesla single-handedly continued to grow the market over the years, competing automakers have begun to realize the advantages offered by electric vehicles that combustion vehicles cannot achieve.
Many high profile supercar manufacturers such as Porsche, Koenigsegg and BMW have started to realize the benefits not only for the environment, but also for the performance, that electric vehicles can offer. Combustion engines develop maximum power and torque at certain speeds, mainly due to limited air intake. Therefore, at high and low rpm, combustion engines do not produce maximum power and are therefore not fully efficient. Electric motors, on the other hand, are capable of producing full torque and power at 0 rpm due to the simple equation more current = more power. As a result, electric vehicles are capable of producing insane power off the starting line and outperforming almost any supercar when comparing 0-60 speeds – a metric highly valued by car enthusiasts and car buyers alike. supercars.
To put that into perspective, the Tesla Model S P100D is able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.28 seconds while the Lamborghini Aventador SV, Bugatti Chiron and McLaren P1 are all between 2.4 and 2. .6 seconds.
Although there is not much jet lag. Consider that the Tesla is a 5-seater luxury family sedan. At a cost of 1/10th the price of one of those extremely impractical supercars. After realizing the incredible performance potential of electric motors. These supercar builders had only one option: if you can’t beat them, join them.
The rise of hybrid supercars is now embraced by nearly every major premium performance car maker. In 2014, Porsche introduced its 918 Spyder, an 887-hp hypercar that holds the current 0-60 record of 2.2 seconds. This car uses an electric motor to accelerate the car off the line extremely fast like Teslas, but then a combustion engine at higher speeds where electric motors become less efficient.
Ferrari (RACE), which has seen incredible inventory growth over the past few years, has seen huge demand for its electric offering – the SF90 Stradale. This 985 horsepower hybrid goes from 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds. Plus, reach a top speed of 211 mph – the fastest 0-60 series Ferrari ever. Lamborghini has also announced a hybrid model that will be released soon – the Terzo Millennio. Designed similarly to the SF90 Stradale and 918 Spyder. This car will use both electric and combustion engines in order to achieve maximum power at all speeds.
In conclusion, as Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer said:
“Porsche thinks you’ll want your next car to be electric.”
And with oil above $120, many more consumers will demand power.
Although these high-end companies are using electric power to add even more performance to their already lightning-fast supercars. Almost all car manufacturers are integrating electric vehicles into their fleet simply because of the advantages these vehicles offer. Whether GM, VW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi, manufacturers around the world are working on the electric vehicles of the future. Finally, with constant technological improvements. Who knows how fast hybrid or even all-electric supercars may go in the future?