When asked about the potential of EVs, Matija Renic, the Rimac chief engineer responsible for the Nevera project, responded that he believes EVs could accelerate from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in under a second
Recently, The Drive spoke with Matija Renic, the Rimac chief engineer behind the Nevera project. While several things were discussed, the publication asked the chief engineer one specific question about the performance potential of EVs. Simply put, how fast could an EV accelerate, if the gloves came off and something like that would be tried? His response is somewhat interesting, as Renic claims that an EV could do it in less than a second, an impressive figure that puts even the Nevera and the Model S Plaid (two of the fastest accelerating EVs available on the market today) to shame.
Figures here and there, we are very proud of them, but the car is more than that. It’s not a one-trick pony, it’s not a dragster that you take to the drag strip and achieve the best times, and that’s it. The car is actually very, very complex, showing you what automotive technology in the future can do. And it’s also very usable and very friendly from the user’s perspective. And in the end what we wanted to achieve is develop a driver’s car, something that’s very engaging and very rewarding just taking it out and enjoying it.
While the time could be achieved, we don’t feel that it’s something that will be seen in road-legal cars anytime soon. The car is not a one-trick pony. It serves several aspects, of which, going fast down a straight line is just one of them. It’s a complex machine that caters to both fast accelerations, but also great cornering performance & handling, comfort, and long-range needed for it to be a viable daily driver option.
In the end, we are sure that companies that produce electric vehicles would definitely be able to achieve such a fast accelerating car and we might see something like it released, but we’re pretty sure that road-legal cars – hypercar or not – will deliver approx. 2.0 second acceleration times for years to come. If Rimac – or any other electric hypercar company – wants to dissuade us, we’ll be happy to hear it. After all, progress in the name of science that makes machines go faster is what we love and cherish. As always!