Actually electric motors have instant torque. There is not need for spinning the engine up to get the launch. It is all there when you pin it. "The other performance advantage that energy has is its immediate power. Just as a battery has an immediate source of energy to run your electronics, an electric vehicle has immediate horsepower and torque. A combustion engine needs to run through the cycle of rpm (engine revolutions per minute) in order to build up its full horsepower and torque potential. An electric motor has full power the moment you press your foot on the accelerator."