For decades, electric vehicles and cars were synonymous with frumpy, slow, limited-range vehicles that couldn’t compete with their gasoline rivals on just about any playing field. Then a small company from California came along, grabbed the EV paradigm by the scruff, and shook it until that school of thought was effectively changed. Tesla Motors is now a leading producer of electric cars, even though it’s only made two models in its short history (The Model X will be rolled out to pre-sale customers later this month).
But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the Tesla Model S sedan isn’t the fastest high-performance electric car in the world. Granted, it’s one of the only ones that you can buy, but private parties and small garages have jumped on electric vehicle conversions to push the limits on the technology. The quickest EV on paper? You’ll have to read on to find out, but rest assured, it’s pretty darn quick.We spent some time researching to find the quickest — not necessarily the fastest, though the two are sometimes synonymous — electric vehicles ever made. Exact statistics on these cars are often hazy and not necessarily official, but we did our best to rank the following in order of quickness, quantified by the time it takes to accelerate from a standstill to 60 miles per hour.We’ve omitted the purpose-built electric dragsters and the “Buckeye Bullet” electric speed record vehicle, since these aren’t as much cars as they are purpose-built rocket ships (and they’re definitely worth looking into!). So with out further ado, here are 10 of the quickest EVs ever built. Just who and what is on the leading edge of EV performance may surprise you.