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Horsepower

Electric vehicles produce anywhere from 100 to 300 horsepower, comparable to a conventional vehicle.

1. The 288 horsepower Tesla Roadster accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Most gasoline powered sports cars need over 500 horsepower to achieve the same level of acceleration.

2. The Nissan Leaf 80-kilowatt electric motor produces 107 horsepower and an impressive 207 lb-ft of torque. Unlike a gasoline car, 100% of that torque is available at 0-RPM, giving impressive acceleration away from a stoplight.

3. By comparison, a standard 4-cylinder Toyota Camry produces 178 horsepower and only 170 lb-ft of torque vs the Leaf’s 207 lb-ft. Also, a gasoline engine doesn’t deliver full torque until after the engine revs up to speed.