Berlin (dpa / tmn) - You never forget the first time. Because no matter whether it is a small city car or a weighty off-road vehicle - whenever an electric car starts, the driver experiences a kick that only sports cars usually offer.

In the first few meters, even a Porsche doesn't stand a chance, even against a small Stromer like the Peugeot e-208. And although the Tesla Model X is twice as heavy and anything but streamlined, it even depends on a McLaren at the traffic lights. The frenzy is all the more impressive that this sprint is still taking place in absolute silence.

The full power grabs from a standing start

The fact that the Stromer are such good sprinters is technically justified, explains Stefan Weckbach, who was responsible for the Taycan development for Porsche. Unlike combustion engines, electric motors develop their maximum tightening force from the first turn and can therefore start without a second's commemoration. However, the acceleration is not linear and quickly decreases noticeably depending on the brand and model.

And no matter how fast a Stromer can get up to speed, high top speeds are impossible, because otherwise the range will decrease rapidly. For example, Mercedes and Audi have so far limited their battery models to 180 km / h and only allow 210 km / h for sports models such as the upcoming e-tron Sportback S.

The feeling for the pace is lost

The driver also has to recalibrate his coordinate system. Because especially in the city, the feeling for the speed is a little lost if the usual noise of the engine is missing. The world is only in order beyond 80 km / h when tires and wind noises appear and the engine sound would overlap anyway.

Braking with the accelerator

Braking is also a new experience in the electric car. In the struggle for maximum range, the Stromer switched to so-called recuperation and turned the electric motor into a generator, Skoda development board member Christian Strube explained during the first test drive with the upcoming Enyaq electric SUV: as soon as you take your foot off the pedal, it converts kinetic energy into electricity and thus decelerates the vehicle without the need for mechanical brakes. E-drivers speak of one-pedal driving and get through the day with a little practice without any brakes.

More space in the back and sometimes in the front

In addition to the pure driving experience and the new peace of mind when traveling, the Stromers also have a few peculiarities that are only indirectly related to the electric drive. On the one hand, there is the space available: Because electric motors are much smaller than combustion engines and the batteries mostly disappear into the floor of the car, vehicles developed around the new drive offer noticeably more space for passengers.

The VW ID.3, for example, according to Development Director Frank Welsch, has dimensions like the Golf, but an interior as large as the Passat. And Tesla even promises a third row of seats for the Model Y as the only compact SUV. In addition, the bow can also be used as a trunk in the Stromers, as is usually only the case with mid-size or rear-engined sports cars, like a Porsche 911, and then becomes a "frunk" from the English combination of "front" and "trunk".

Apps and screens are part of the electric car

Most of the time, the display and operating concept also makes a difference. The common standard is that you can control and command charging via an app on your smartphone. This also applies to so-called conditioning, in which you use the electricity from the charging station to heat or cool the car before you leave. But because electric cars want to be considered particularly advanced, they usually also break new ground in the cockpit. Especially when you don't have to share components with conventional vehicles. There are huge screen landscapes and touchscreens in many electric cars.

But some old ideals remain in the battery era: luxury and performance define the top of the segment, regardless of whether it is fueled or powered. That is why the new segment of electric hyper sports cars - with engines far beyond 735 kW / 1000 hp and - is establishing itself above all the electrical alternatives from small cars to luxury sedans, especially with models such as the Nio XP9, the Lotus Evija and the Pininfarina Battista Speeds that reach well over 300 km / h.