Why Do Electric Cars Accelerate Faster?

June 22nd, 2022 by

With electric vehicles steadily increasing in popularity, a lot of urban myths about EVs are circulating. One is that in terms of performance, an electric car would never be able to equal the speed, power, or acceleration of a gasoline engine. 

However, just the opposite is true – electric vehicles are capable of greater power outputs and accelerations than cars powered by an internal combustion engine. This is all the more true for luxury electric vehicles, which are engineered with higher performance in mind. Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.6 seconds, and Tesla’s Model S Plaid claims to potentially do so in under 2 seconds. But why is this the case?

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Porsche Taycan Turbo S Luxury Electric VehicleElectric Cars Have Simpler Power Systems

It all has to do with what actually makes a car’s wheels turn. In brief, a gasoline-powered car’s process of starting to move is overall slower, more complicated, and less efficient than an electric vehicle’s.

When starting up a gasoline engine, the machinery must carry out multiple steps. From fuel injection to air intake to the pistons beginning to move, a complex sequence of processes happens in order. Although each of these steps takes a fraction of a second, that is still a long time compared to turning an electrical circuit on. All that is required for an electric car’s motor to start working is for the battery to switch on, and electrons move through a wire at millions of miles per hour.

Electric Car Motors Are More Efficient Than Engines

That’s just taking starting the vehicle into account – putting it in motion is yet another step. A gasoline-engine car will have its drivetrain begin to turn, which then makes either two or four wheels begin to rotate. Not all of the energy output of the engine goes to the wheels, because some energy is lost to friction, heat, and exhaust.

By contrast, an electric vehicle’s motor is connected directly to its wheels – they can simply begin turning once the accelerator is pressed. This means that an EV can begin to accelerate earlier than a gasoline-powered vehicle can. Luxury electric vehicles have even more powerful motors than more conventional EVs on the market, which means their acceleration rates are even more impressive. At Ray Catena Auto Group, we’re the regional experts in luxury electric vehicles – we’re happy to explain EV performance in detail in one of our showrooms or offer you a test drive.


Contact Ray Catena or visit a showroom to take a test drive and experience the true power of Electrified Luxury for yourself.

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