The electric car is configured to limit the motor to 5,500 RPM. First gear breaks the tires free so fast that it's not really useful.
Starting in second gear is better, but the motor RPM limit means shifting is required just past 40 MPH. It's fun off the line, but the time required for a clutchless shift hurts the 0-60 time.
Starting in third gear works. That goes from 0-60 in 9.4 seconds.