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Five Electric Luxury SUVs That'll Get the Gas Monkey Off Your Back

Five Electric Luxury SUVs That’ll Get the Gas Monkey Off Your Back

These five electric SUVs are changing the way we think about the segment

Electric vehicles have come a long way in the last few years. There once was a time not too long ago when cars running on pure electricity were seen as novelties or quirky creations that were developed to showcase alternative ways to get us from point A to B. Fast forward a few years later and here we are.

There’s something to be said for the legitimacy of electric vehicles, and how far they’ve come to get to this point. We can go into the minutiae of how they’ve evolved in recent years, but instead, we’ll simply shine a light on how EVs have reshaped our own lives, opening doors we didn’t know existed as recently as a few years ago. It’s no wonder then that when we’re talking about cars these days, no conversation means anything without talking about electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles are taking the world by storm, and no more is that evident than in the sizzling hot SUV market. With the exception of a few holdouts who, presumably, have yet to see the light, just about every automaker that’s worth its salt has an electric SUV. Some already have theirs populating the roads while others are still in development. Electric SUVs have become more than just novelties; they’ve become industry standards. So as it is, we’re going to take a look at five electric SUVs and tell you why they’re leading the electric SUV revolution in the auto industry.

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Tesla Roadster 2.0 vs the Rimac C Two - Did Rimac Just Beat Tesla To The Punch?

Tesla Roadster 2.0 vs the Rimac C Two - Did Rimac Just Beat Tesla To The Punch?

The battle for EV performance supremacy looks like it’s over before it even began

The world went gaga when Tesla dropped a surprise debut of its next-gen Roadster last November, with analysts and speed fans alike drooling over the claims made by the high-tech EV sports machine. Some of the numbers and specs seemed insane for a street-legal road car, but with an official on-sale date still several years away, there was time for the rest of the industry to catch up. Now, it looks like the Tesla just got one-upped before it could even hit the road, as Rimac dropped the C Two in Geneva with a list of numbers capable of delivering a K.O. punch to the upcoming Roadster 2.0.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars

They slice! They dice! They even destroy performance records!

Last week, we took a look at our top picks for the best five hybrid sports, listing off some truly awe-inspiring gas/electric combos that proved hybridization wasn’t something to be feared by the common auto enthusiast. But while adding a big battery pack and a few electric motors might seem like a pretty sizable modification to the traditional sports car formula, there’s an even-greater change lurking just over the horizon – the pure-electric powertrain. That’s right, gasoline need not apply in this crowd, and yet, the speed potential is still enough to melt your face. This is our list of the top five all-electric performance cars.

There are plenty of benefits that electric power offers over internal combustion, especially when it comes to the business of going fast. For starters, the torque curve for an electric motor is totally flat, with maximum twist created the instant you touch the long pedal to the right. There’s also zero power loss at high altitude, a characteristic that’s particularly useful at hill climb events like Pikes Peak. What’s more, with enough motors and a little electronic wizardry, you can get away with some pretty kick ass torque vectoring dynamics. Of course, it’s not all roses – for example, the all-electric appliance noise will never beat the sound of exploding dino juice. Regardless, all-electric performance is still quite impressive. Here are five examples that prove it.

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2016 Electric Vehicle Sales in the U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC]

2016 Electric Vehicle Sales in the U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales by State in 2016

Electric cars have technically been around since 1837 when a chemist named Robert Davidson built an electric car that was powered by galvanic cells. But, the first highway-legal electric vehicle didn’t hit the market until 2008. Since then, interest in electric vehicles has increased slowly but steadily, and in 2017 there are at least 25 PEVs now available on the market. This includes models like the Tesla Model S and X, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Mercedes C350E, and the Volvo XC90 90 T8 PHEV, among others.

So, what is a PEV, really? A PEV is a subset of electric vehicles that includes all-electric or battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicle conversions of hybrid electric vehicles and conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. But, are PEVs actually taking a hold in the automotive market or are they set to see a decline as they did in the early 1900s? Well, we’ve put together an infographic to detail the electric vehicle market statistics here in the United States for the year 2016, including market growth, most popular models, and the number of sales by state. So, let’s take a look at the infographic in detail and talk a little more about it.

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