Can green cars be performance cars?

There's been a shift in the power play between green cars and their petrol-fuelled ancestors. In recent years, people looking to save the environment chose cars such as the hybrid Toyota Prius or all-electric Nissan Leaf, while those who wanted a bit of extra grunt had to give up any notions of fuel efficiency. 

Now, this is no longer the case, as automotive manufacturers have unlocked the performance that's been lurking in green cars this whole time. For example, the Tesla Model S, a car that doesn't consume a drop of fuel, can go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 2.8 seconds, faster than a fair crop of the supercars currently on sale. 

However, for a while the Tesla Model S has been an outlier, rather than indicative of the current trends hitting the industry. This is all set to change now, thanks to automotive manufacturers embracing the performance capabilities of the electric motor. 

While hybrid powerplants have shown their hand when it comes to sheer performance in everything from Formula 1 cars to the McLaren P1, all-electric vehicles are still finding their feet in this area. 

This is all set to change now that established manufacturers have finally risen to the challenges set by Tesla, an inevitability given its disruptive impact on the industry. 

Both Audi and Porsche - two German marques that have both seen motor racing success with hybrid powerplants - unveiled concept cars that directly target Tesla's share of the market, which could result in some tough decisions for fleet managers once they go on sale. 

Porsche's Mission E concept is aiming to produce around 600 horsepower with an estimated range of 500 kilometres. It will also be a four door, making it a direct rival for the already established Tesla.