Electric vehicles may be quiet, but they're not necessarily slow. To set the record straight, see the infographic below called "The Fastest Electric Vehicles on Earth," which displays high-speed electric planes, trains and automobiles.

In Japan, you can take a mag-lev train that gets up to 361 miles per hour and shaves a lot of time off of commutes. Keio University in Japan made the Eliica, an eight-wheel electric conversion racer that's faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo. Each of the eight wheels is powered by its own electric motor. The Mission R from Mission Motorcycles does zero-to-60 in three seconds. Jay Leno owns one.

"Electric motors have the advantage of instant torque, which means that you don't have a clutch, and you don't have transmission... that kind of power can get addicting quick," said Joshua Allan, vehicle engineering manager at AC Propulsion, a maker of motors for electric vehicles. While electric vehicles provided basic transportation years ago before internal combustion engine vehicles took over, these days there's a lot of interest in high performance, speed and freedom from oil addiction.

AC Propulsion built a custom open-wheel electric car featuring a high-performance version of the battery system found in the Mini E. In 2010, the car broke the Pikes Peak's electric vehicle record, but had the title taken away the next year. This year, Rhys Millen took first place in an electrified 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. He also set a Pike Peak speed record at 9:46.164, very impressive on the rugged, risky mountain road.

One car that failed to make the infographic was the White Zombie, an electric racer built on a 1972 Datsun 1200 by John "Plasma Boy" Wayland. White Zombie has taken a few drag strip speed records, powered by lithium batteries. Wayland organized an event a couple years ago at Portland International Raceway, called Wayland Invitational, where he set the best-ever time. Here's to you, Plasma Boy.

The infographic was created by Car Finance 247, a UK-based consumer car finance website.


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      oobflyer
      • 5 Hours Ago
      When I was in Japan last week I asked about the Mag-Lev train - it was only used experiementally for a world's fair demonstration. Although it's still functional it's limited to the same speeds as the other commuter trains (about 100 km/hr) and also limited to capacity, as the magnets can only levitate a certain amount of weight.
      Spec
      • 5 Hours Ago
      Where did they find an 8-wheel car to 'convert'?
        Chris M
        • 5 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        The author got it wrong, it wasn't a "conversion". they were custom built from the ground up as electric cars. 2 were built - one optimized for acceleration, the other optimized for maximum speed. Each one uses 8 electric motors, one for each wheel, connected by short shafts.
      Michael Walsh
      • 5 Hours Ago
      The Eliica has long been one of my favorite electric vehicles. Quite possibly because it takes me back to my youth - reminding me of Lady Penelope's Rolls Royce from 'Thunderbirds'
      roggentiens
      • 5 Hours Ago
      I agree with electric cars highly, but if your going to make an electric car, why the 8 wheels.
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        @roggentiens
        So there can be 8 electric motors,more traction is needed due to instant torque as well.
      EZEE
      • 5 Hours Ago
      Happy Thanksgiving to All! :-) Even Ford.... ;-)
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      Electric cars are coming, and are now the fastest cars on Earth. The videos can be seen on U-Tube. The Tesla beats every internal combustion car that it races against. If anyone builds a hybrid electric RACE car, and manages to get it in a NASCAR race, it will run off and leave everything else. These cars are fantastically fast, and electric hybrid freight vehicles are stronger, faster, and more economical than anything else on Earth. (They call them "Diesel-Electric freight trains, and they've been around for 70 years). When you see ANY freight train locomotive, it is always "Diesel-Electric". The term "Diesel freight train" means nothing. They do not exist. They are ALL Diesel-Electric, and always have been.