Electric Vehicle 0-60 MPH times not all accurate

electric vehicle 0-60 times

You might have read recently that electric cars have impressive acceleration.  You’re not wrong.  But the electric vehicle 0-60 mph times posted by the manufacturers are conservative at best.  Most electric cars are very fast, even the tiny ones.

As noted by GreenCarReports, the following chart shows electric vehicle 0-60 mph times are reported by the manufacturer.

Model Time
Tesla S 4.2
Toyota Rav4 Ev 7.0
BMW i3 7.0
Chevy Spark EV 7.6
Mercedes B-Class 7.9
Honda Fit EV 8.5
Fiat 500e 9.1
VW e-Golf 10.0
Ford Focus EV 10.4
Nissan Leaf 11.5
Smart ED 11.5
Mitsubishi i-Miev 15.0

 

But these do not appear to be the real world times.  As noted in the comments beneath the article, many Nissan Leaf owners dispute the numbers saying that they’ve seen the time as low as 9.4 seconds.

It took some searching, but by looking through the forums for each of the vehicles in this list some interesting info has been discovered.

Model Time Link
Tesla S 4.2
Smart ED 6.1 link
Toyota Rav4 Ev 7.0
BMW i3 7.0
Chevy Spark EV 7.6 link
Mercedes B-Class 7.9
Haonda Fit EV 8.5
Fiat 500e 9.1
Nissan Leaf 9.4 link
VW e-Golf 10.0
Ford Focus EV 10.4
Mitsubishi i-Miev 12.0 link

 

The number for the Smart ED is modified heavily by what is called the “kick-down”.  When the driver pushes the accelerator to the floor, there is a notch at the end that can be pushed further.  The kick-down adds a significant boost to the acceleration.

Once more people start taking their cars to the drag strip and modding becomes more common electric vehicle 0-60 mph times should improve.  For now, you can use an app in your smartphone to get an estimate of the time.  And it might be good to do it more than once to get an average.

Apps:

Source: GreenCarReports