Electric vehicles can be just as fast as their gas-powered counterparts. Tesla’s cars continue to wow critics and consumers alike with their speed and performance, and the new Hummer EV highlights the power that an EV can have. Still, some EVs are quite slow, and the following five cars represent some of the slowest 0 to 60 mph times, according to Consumer Reports.
5. Hyundai Kona Electric
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Consumer Reports states that the Hyundai Kona Electric accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which is not going to set the world on fire. Overall, Consumer Reports is lukewarm on the Kona Electric in general. In addition to its speed concerns, the Kona Electric also scored poorly in predicted owner satisfaction and predicted reliability.
That said, the Hyundai Kona Electric is not necessarily an EV that is meant to be fast. It is a crossover SUV that starts at $34,000, which makes it an affordable option for someone possibly looking for their first EV.
4. Chevy Bolt
The Chevy Bolt comes in just slower than the Hyundai Kona Electric, with a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.8 seconds. Consumer Reports gave the Bolt a score nearly identical to the Kona Electric. The Bolt does do a few things particularly well, as it scored high in predicted owner satisfaction. Noise levels in the vehicle also received acclaim.
Chevy’s electric subcompact hatchback has another benefit: it is one of the most affordable EVs on the market today. Standard Bolts have an MSRP of $31,500, so what they may lack in speed, they make up for in price.
3. Kia Niro EV
Much like the Chevy Bolt, the Kia Niro EV accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, but acceleration is only part of the story for this crossover. Consumer Reports has the Niro EV as the highest-scoring EV on Consumer Reports right now. The Niro EV’s impressive range, spacious interior for passengers and cargo, and comfortable ride received particular praise.
Despite these benefits, the Kia Niro EV is more expensive than some of the EVs on this list, with a starting MSRP of $39,090.
2. Nissan Leaf
The venerable Nissan Leaf has been on the market for more than a decade now, which is a considerable amount of time for an EV, and it has never been known for its speed. It takes 7 seconds flat for a Leaf to get from 0 to 60 mph. Slowness is not the only drawback to the Leaf, as Consumer Reports notes that base Leaf models have a range of just 149 miles. Charging times are also high for this EV, which adds to the issues that come with the subpar range.
With all of that being said, there is still a lot to love about the Nissan Leaf. This five-door compact is still an excellent EV for driving around town, and with a base price of $27,400, it is one of the most affordable EVs out there.
1. Chevy Bolt EUV
The Chevy Bolt was not a powerhouse of speed, so you can probably imagine how a crossover SUV version of the Bolt would perform. The Chevy Bolt EUV takes 7.2 seconds to get from 0 to 60 mph, making it the slowest EV that Consumer Reports has tested. Much like the other EVs on this list, though, Consumer Reports does note that there is a lot of good in the Bolt EUV to offset the poor speed. The Bolt EUV’s interior is comfortable and roomy, and its ride is smooth.
Base model Chevy Bolt EUV’s cost $33,500, $2,000 more than regular Chevy Bolts, but the added versatility of being a crossover explains the price difference.
While these five EVs are currently the slowest on Consumer Reports, it is important to note that some EV models have yet to be tested. This could mean that some EVs are slower than these.