Zoe and the Electric Argument

For me, the sound of a V8 engine roaring to life still enlivens the butterflies in my stomach.

For many people, driving an internal combustion car is a way to connect with the past and experience the joy of driving not possible with an electric car.

But I also know the average internal combustion has an efficiency of only around 40%, with 60% lost via heat and friction.

Yes, yes, I know an internal combustion engine consumes far more energy, travelling the same distance as an EV.

And yes, I know, electric motors produce peak torque from a standstill.

I also know EVs can be damn quick and achieve staggering acceleration.

I have, kinda reluctantly, produced a current summary of the quickest EVs.

✺ Audi RS e-Tron GT. 0-60: 3.3 seconds. 155mph
✺ Porsche Taycan Turbo S. 0-60: 2.6 seconds. 161mph
✺ Tesla Model 3 Performance. 0-60: 3.1 seconds. 162mph
✺ Tesla Model X Plaid. 0-60: 2.5 seconds. 163mph
✺ Lucid Air Dream. 0-60: 2.5 seconds. 169mph
✺ Tesla 2022 Model S Plaid. 0-60: 1.99 seconds. 200mph
✺ Lotus Evija. 0-60: 0-60: sub 3.0 seconds. 217mph
✺ Tesla Roadster. 0-60: 1.9 seconds. 248mph
✺ Aspark Owl. 0-60: 1.69 seconds. 249mph
✺ Rimac Nevera. 0-60: 1.85 seconds. 258mph

However, lest we forget, just for perspective, you realise.

The Renault Zoe is the most popular electric car in Europe.

With a top speed of only 87mph!