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The Most Electrifying EVs

An inspired look at some of the most thrilling EVs ever created.

Electric cars are good for the environment, but does that mean they have to be boring to drive? These electrifying EVs would beg to differ. The stereotypical image of the electric car is one of a boxy four-door that chugs electricity and does 0 to 60 slower than a snail. Fortunately for gearheads and speed fiends, car companies have been creating EVs that are both fast and fun to drive. These cars are beacons of hope to the millions that feared that all of the fun would be removed from driving in favor of eco-friendliness.

I would feel ashamed if I compiled a list of electrifying EVs and failed to mention the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell. The SLS AMG E-Cell is designed with drivers in mind with its 525 horsepower engine that tops out at 130 mph and can do 0 to 60 in a Prius-smoking 3.7 seconds. It's rockin' yellow paint job and gullwing doors only add to its awesomeness.

The originally named G-Vette from Genovation Cars (get it?) is an all-electric version of the Corvette ZR1. The G-Vette is designed to look nearly identical to its petrol-powered brother and will have nearly the same performance specs (600 horsepower) with a slightly lower range (200 miles per charge). In addition to its electric engine, the frame of the G-Vette is made from eco-friendly materials and the floor mats and carpet are made from recycled plastic bottles.

The Li-Ion INIZIO is an electric supercar from Li-Ion Motors that can reportedly do 0 to 100 in 3.4 seconds. The INIZIO is powered by 12 batteries and can go 250 miles on a single eight hour charge. While that 0 to 100 time sounds a little too good to be true, the INIZIO isn't and is actually up for sale by Li-Ion.

This frighteningly fast French EV seats four (two comfortably) and can top out at 155 mph and do 250 miles on a single charge. Exagon may not be the biggest car company, but they already have some powerful fans such as the French president who loved the car so much that he demanded a private viewing of it before it debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

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