The escalating fuel prices and the adverse effect of carbon emission on our planet are prompting automobile manufacturers to develop electric cars as the environment-friendly alternative to the conventional gasoline or diesel fueled vehicles.
However, given the high price tags of the electric cars, which are attributed primarily to the high prices of the car batteries, the demand for these emission-free vehicles is significantly less than conventional vehicles with internal combustion engine. Nevertheless, luxury car manufacturers have produced a number of limited edition electric cars for their uber rich clientele. What follows is a list of the most expensive electric cars in the world.
Rimac Concept One
Rimac Concept One, a two-seater electric sports car, manufactured by Rimac Automobili, is currently the most expensive electric car in the world. Carrying a price tag of $980,000, this is also the world’s fastest electric car. The Croatian automobile manufacturer will deliver only 88 Rimac Concept One cars. The high-end electric super car is powered by a 92-kWh battery.
The electric powertrain when fully-charged will propel the vehicle for up to 600 km. The electric super car can reach a maximum speed of 500 km per hour and breach the 100 km per hour speed barrier from nil in 2.8 seconds. The luxury electric car boasts of carbon fiber body and an elegant interior draped in high quality leather. Interactive console display, stereo system and GPS navigation add to the functionality of this high-end electric vehicle.
Tesla Roadster Model S
With the top-end model priced at $119,720, Tesla Roadster Model S is one of the most expensive electric cars currently running on the road. Powered by 85-kWh high performance battery, the electric car can attain a maximum speed of 130 mph and accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Its 416 hp powertrain is one of the best in the electric car sector.
The exorbitant price of the top-end Tesla Model S is attributed to its range of additional high-end features including carbon fiber spoiler, red brake calipers, high power home charging kits, parking sensors, smart air suspensions and a host of optional advanced technical attributes.
Lightning GT is the first all-electric car from the British automobile manufacturer Lightning Car Company. With an expected price tag of about $300,000, only 20 cars will be delivered by the company. The handcrafted car is capable of running at a top speed of 130 mph and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph speed in five seconds.
The lightweight construction of the car along with its sleek design has enhanced the appeal of this luxury electric sports car.
Eliica Eight-Wheeled Electric Car
With a projected price of $255,000, Eliica is another expensive electric car designed only for the uber rich who can afford to spend such huge amount on a vehicle. Designed by automobile engineers and researchers at Keio University in Tokyo, Eliica is a unique automobile with eight wheels.
This electric vehicle can run at a top speed of 230 miles per hour, which is amongst the highest in the electric cars sector and comparable to powerful conventional vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
SLS AMG E-Cell is a limited edition electric car from Mercedes-Benz. Boasting of a price tag of $544,236, this is the electric version of the gasoline fueled Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The four electric motors of the luxury roadster are capable of boosting the speed of the car to 155 miles per hour.
The gull-winged electric car can attain 62 mph speed from standstill in 3.9 seconds. Apart from its bright blue body and electric powertrain, the rest of the exterior and interior features are similar to the SLS AMG coupe.
Audi R8 e-tron
The all-electric car from Audi is a dazzling super car named Audi R8 e-tron. The price of the electric car is expected to be around $150,000. It is powered by four electric motors, each with 140 kW output. The car can reach the 62 miles per hour speed from rest in 4.2 seconds and can run at a top speed of 125 miles per hour.
The high cost of manufacturing this all-electric vehicle has prompted Audi to produce only a small number of cars for its elite clientele interested in owning a luxury electric car.
Rolls Royce Phantom 102EX Electric Car
Rolls Royce Phantom 102EX is an experimental electric car model. Designed to offer the highest level of luxury, the projected price of the electric car is about $1.6 million. Although, Rolls Royce, discouraged by a market survey, has decided to shelve the project for the time being, nevertheless, the car, displayed in different parts of the world, has stunned automobile enthusiasts with its stunning features.
The fully-charged battery of the ultra luxury 102EX can propel it for 125 miles.
With a price tag above $100,000, Fisker Karma is a popular electric luxury car. Powered by two electric motors, the electric vehicle is capable of running at a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour and can reach 60 miles per hour speed from nil in 6.3 seconds.
The base model boasts of an eco-friendly interior made out of reclaimed lumber. The top-end variant comes with a spacious interior covered with high quality leather. Its built-in warning sound system is automatically activated when the car runs in the full electric mode.
Toyota RAV4 EV
It costs around $50,645 to own an electric variant of Toyota RAV4 SUV. The electric SUV has been developed jointly by Toyota and Tesla Motors. It could run at a maximum speed of 78 miles per hour.
The electric SUV is equipped with air-conditioner and power steering powered by electric motors and power brakes powered by electric pumps. RAV4 EV boasts of similar comfort and style as the original combustion engine powered RAV4 SUV.
Priced at over $46,000, BMW i3 is a five-door electric urban car. The car comes with a lightweight body crafted out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Equipped with BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology, the emission-free vehicle promises a comfortable driving experience.
The BMW electric car can accelerate from zero to 60 km per hour speed in less than four seconds. The integrated intelligent energy management feature of the car ensures minimal energy consumption to enable the car to run for a longer time on a single charge.