Super performing electric cars is a world of possibilities which Tesla Motors opened up recently. But you don’t need a Tesla to enjoy this inherently better performance. The amount of sheer acceleration that an electric car has will vary from model to model, but the universal truth is that any EV has more instant power off the line than its gasoline only equivalent – in fact, often by 50% or more.
This is because an electric motor has more of something called torque, that get-up-and-go force. To get a sense of how much more power = how much quicker and more fun to drive a particular electric car will be, look for its torque rating, in “lb-ft”. For example, the compact Chevy Volt has 294 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the best-selling compact Honda Civic with just 138 lb-ft of torque.
To really experience the first-hand the unique thrill of driving electric, take a test drive at your local dealer, attend a nearby EV showcase with ride & drive, a National Drive Electric Week event (held in September) or a, or rent an electric car for the weekend from Turo, a peer-to-peer car-share service.