As the ban on combustion engine vehicles across the globe comes closer, all classic car manufacturers are working hard on introducing their new electric supercars. For the moment, there are more than 15 all-electric muscle cars competing for the title of the quickest and most technological EV on the planet.
While each of these powertrains deserves a separate story, there are a few of them made by big-name car manufacturers that have all chances to become collectible. Let’s have a closer look at the first production electric supercars and what makes them so exceptional.
Porsche introduced its first all-electric supercar to the market under the name of Taycan in 2019. Porsche boasts that the car is absolutely unique with new technologies implemented throughout the architecture.
Powered by two motors, the top Taycan Turbo S model accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds with a maximum of 161 mph (269 kph). Porsche ran a series of tests to identify the maximal distance in various road conditions and asserts that Taycan Turbo S can go around 201 miles (323 km) on one charge.
Porsche’s charging infrastructure is also unique, capable of accepting the charge of 270kW. If equipped with this option, Taycan can be charged to 80% in 22.4 minutes at an 800-volt high-power station. Charging with 11kW at home would take around nine hours.
The interior of Porsche’s first production EV is loaded with new technology as well, including its user interface designed from scratch, responding to the “Hey Porsche” command. Most of the buttons are replaced with touch screens. The dashboard is fully digital, with the clock as its only and single physical instrument.
The prices start from $120,000 for the 4S model and $225,000 for the Turbo S model, making Porsche Taycan one of the most affordable electric supercars on the market.
All-electric Lotus Evija brings EVs to another dimension. Having 4 electric motors, Lotus Evija boasts almost 2,000 hp, reaching the speed of 60 mph from a standstill in under 3 seconds. Lotus’s first production EV is the most powerful electric supercar in serial production for the moment and the lightest one with a total weight of approximately 3,700 pounds (1,680 kg).
The design of Evija matches the technology behind it with Venturi tunnels sending the air through the car body in the tradition of sports cars. The tunnels are made even more dramatic by the red LED lighting. Equipped with butterfly doors, Lotus Evija is a pure race car by soul and body with just 4.1 inches ride height and 21-inch disks.
Lotus plans to build 130 of these EVs. The exclusivity and exceptional design and technology behind this car are reflected in its price exceeding 2 million dollars. The production was delayed due to COVID-19 pandemics, and the first cars are expected in mid-2021.
Best known for its designs for Ferrari cars, recently Pininfarina has become an independent supercar brand. After Mahindra Group has bought a controlling stake in Pininfarina S.p.A. in 2015, the Indian conglomerate has founded Automobili Pininfarina, which will manufacture cars under the Pininfarina brand. The new supercar manufacturer has debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor show with a mind-boggling Pininfarina Battista all-electric supercar, which embodies the best of Pininfarina design concepts incorporated in the new technology.
The first Pininfarina EV reaches zero to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, which is astounding given its weight of 4,500 pounds or approximately 2,000 kg. The range on one charge is reported as 280 miles (450 km). The charging time to recharge the battery from 20 to 80% is around 25 minutes.
As with other electric supercars, the production will be very limited and include 150 Battistas. With a price of around 2.6 million dollars, Pininfarina Battista is one of the most expensive electric supercars on the market. Being the first EV manufactured under the Pininfarina brand, this supercar is particularly attractive for collectors.
Who Is Next?
While some supercar manufacturers, such as Ferrari or Lamborghini, are only testing waters with hybrid technology, pushing production of fully electric supercars to 2025, others gave EVs full light ahead. Recently, Bugatti has unveiled plans to roll out all-electric Bolide based on the well-known Chiron platform and published several videos on its Facebook page. Another big-name car manufacturer, Maserati, has also announced plans of starting production of its first fully electric cars, GranTurismo and GranCabrio, in 2021.
For the moment, the market for EVs is overhyped and is in constant flux, so we will most likely see many more electric supercars coming soon.