The best electric cars to get excited about in 2017

Forget fossil fuels - the coolest cars are all running purely on mains power

You’re not still pumping petrol into your car, are you? Neanderthal.

If the monumental price of fuel hasn’t already got you wishing for an all-electric future, we’ve cherry-picked a list of the most exciting battery-powered cars on the horizon.

These aren't just 21st century milk floats, either: some have the performance to put traditional motors to shame.

Each one is guaranteed to get you ready to say goodbye to the petrol station forever - and some are closer to reality than you think.

FARADAY FUTURE FF91

If this sultry SUV actually makes it into production, we might just have a new entry for the list of fastest production cars.

Faraday reckons there FF91 can hit 0-60 in an eye-watering 2.37 seconds - soundly beating Tesla’s Ludicrous Model S (and pretty much everything else on four wheels).

It’s jam-packed with autonomous tech inside, too, so it’ll self park, stay in lane, cruise on motorways and even open its doors by recognising your face.

Faraday is in pre-production right now, with US$5000 (RM22,375) deposits able to secure your place in line, but the company isn’t in the best of health, with board members jumping ship at an alarming pace. Hopefully it gets its act together long enough for us to get behind the wheel.

VOLKSWAGON I.D.

The car the Stuff team are most likely to be able to afford, but that’s not the only reason to get excited about the VW I.D.

Instead of taking the Golf and sticking a boot-load of batteries in the back, the I.D. is a completely new platform, designed from the ground up to use an electric motor - and to have autonomous driving built-in as standard.

You’ll be able to zip around town with your hands on the wheel, then let the car take over once you get on the motorway. The steering wheel then pulls back into the dashboard and you’ve got so much more room for activities.

Even better, you can test-drive one right now - before a single car has even left the factory. VW has created a virtual reality experience showing off what to expect when the ID eventually goes into production in 2019.

TESLA MODEL 3

As if we could have written this list and not included a Tesla on it.

The Model S is still setting speed records, thanks to a slew of software updates and an Insane Mode that can propel you to 60mph in a mere 2.4 seconds, and the Model X is a frickin’ SUV with gull-wing doors!

We’re not talking about either of those today, though. We’re far more excited about the Model 3. It’s supposed to be the “affordable” Tesla, and while it’ll still put quite the dent in your wallet, it won’t do anywhere near as much damage as a £75,000 (RM408,175) Model S.

The Model 3 should start at roughly half that price, and it won’t boast the same ludicrous acceleration, either. It’ll still pack in Tesla’s incredible battery tech, though - meaning you’ll be able to go for hundreds of miles between charges.

Nothing else comes close right now, and we reckon Tesla will still have better range than its rivals when the Model 3 eventually arrives in early 2018.

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