Today is Earth Day and maybe we should take a moment to think about the environment, sustainability, and eco-friendly cars. As a gearhead I understand trepidation when the discussion of electric vehicles comes up in conversation. Newer technology, unproven track record, and concerns about mileage and available charging stations. Also, many EVs look boring.
But I’ve driven an EV quite a bit, my wife owned a VW ID4, and it was no different than driving a mid-size SUV, except the lack of exhaust or engine noise was initially a bit unsettling.
I’m not saying we should abolish internal combustion engines, quite the contrary, I’m just saying keep EVs in mind with your next purchase. Give them a shot, you might be surprised. The ID4 is kind of dull looking and not very exciting to drive, but there are alternatives.
I present to you some cool options if you are thinking of entering the EV market:
Ford Mustang Mach E
With an estimated range of 314-miles, the Mustang Mach E GT can go from 0-60 mph in 3.8-seconds. To put that time in perspective a 2021 Mustang Mach 1 goes from 0-60 mph in 4.2-seconds.
Mini Cooper SE
The range is a bit low, 114 miles on a full charge, but the Mini Cooper SE could be a good option for shorter commutes. Peppy like its gasoline powered siblings, a 0-60 mph jaunt takes 6.9-seconds, which is half of a second slower than a 2023 Mini Cooper S.
Audi RS e-Tron GT
More on the high-end side for electric vehicles but it goes from 0-60 mph in 3.1-seconds with 637 horsepower. It can go for 232 miles on a full charge and lets be honest the Mach E GT performs better in many aspects, but the e-Tron is an eye catcher.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
The e-Tron’s family member, both cars are built on the same platform, but more powerful and quicker. 750 horsepower and it takes 2.6-seonds to go from 0-60 mph.
The Taycan Turbo S set a Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest speed by a vehicle indoors. The record is based on starting and finishing at a standstill, and the Taycan shattered the previous record of 86 mph by going 102 mph in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.