Have you seen the Dodge Hellcat versus Tesla Model S P85D YouTube drag race video yet? Over 2.2 million people and counting have seen it.
Having been to the drag strip myself a few times, I can attest to the fact that this is NOT a good example of the comparative power of the 707 hp Dodge Hellcat. Sure the new all wheel drive Tesla is quick, but truthfully the video is highly misleading as the Hellcat driver’s excessively smokey burnout prior to launch likely destroyed his tires resulting in not only a red light disqualification, but in traction problems for the rest of this one sided race between an old school ICE and new school EV auto technologies.
The more important point to understand here is that EVs are indeed very quick and extremely fun to drive. That applies right down to the Smart fortwo electric which is featured in another popular EV drag race commercial titled appropriated as “smart electric drag race” on YouTube. The point of that video is that quick off the line means you can whip through city traffic with confidence between stoplights. And this is where the G-Force fun factor comes in for most folks that are not prone to motion sickness (like my wife).
The advantage of electric drive is a function of the torque curve for an electric motor which is instant and more linear versus internal combustion engine cars. An electric motor simply spins up quicker and delivers the power to the wheels faster than a crankshaft and piston combination internal combustion engine motor. Full disclosure, the Smart fortwo electric doing the wheelie in the drag race against a Ford Mustang is not an EV but there have been reports from the Tesla engineers that worked with Mercedes on the development of the Smart fortwo that earlier prototypes were so torque-y that they were able to cause the two seater electric car to lift the front wheels.
So if you are an adrenaline junky (like me), love roller coasters and getting to places on time, pretty much any electric vehicle can do the trick.