When people are searching for a new electric vehicle to lease, much of the focus centres on the car’s driving range on a single charge. But this is only one factor in how comfortable it is covering long distances.
The other is: how quickly does it take the electric car to charge?
After all, one car could cover 300 miles on a charge, but if you want to cover 400 miles, it may well be worth using an EV with a 250 mile range but which features a much quicker charging time.
With charge points from the likes of Gridserve, Instavolt, and Ionity capable of topping up a battery’s charge in 15-20 minutes, charging time can play a huge part in how comfortably an EV covers long distances.
Here, we highlight the fastest charging electric cars around – those that can take the greatest power rates from high-power DC chargers that you may have probably seen at places such as motorway services. Broadly speaking, the higher the power a car can take, the shorter the recharging time.
To help rank the cars, we have also given each a “miles per hour” charging speed. The theoretical number of miles that could be added in an hour’s charge. Despite none of the EVs able to charge for an hour at such a high rate – the battery would be fully charged in that time – this charge rate is a useful way to differentiate models.
The Porsche Taycan tops this list, by being able to add 640 miles of charge in an hour. It’s one of just two models capable of taking 262 kW DC of charge, which can see drivers replenish much of its 301 mile range in just 12-15 minutes.
The combination of a long range and the fastest charging rates around mean the Taycan is top pick for those regularly covering long distances in an EV.
The reason the Audi comes in second place in this list is because it is slightly less efficient than the Porsche. But it’s very close, and that’s because under the skin, it shares the same battery, motors, and charging system.
As such, the Audi can also charge at up to 262 kW DC, adding to its 298 miles at 630 mph. Like the Taycan, a quick 10 minute top up will add almost 200 miles of range from a high-power charger.
Tesla has long been king of the hill when it comes to charging speed, and has only been toppled in recent years by the Porsche/Audi combo. As such, it can take up to 250 kW DC, adding charge at a rate of 480 mph.
With a 290 mile range, this means the Model 3 manages to combine high charging speeds and a large battery to achieve true long-distance potential – aided by Tesla’s Supercharger network, of course.
Kia’s flagship model is all-electric, and uses the group’s latest EV systems. What this means to drivers is that they can charge at up to 233 kW from high-power chargers.
Adding charge at a rate of 630 mph, the EV6 will take just 18 minutes to get from 10-80%, which is about as long as it takes to stop at a motorway services in a petrol or diesel car.
Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 uses the same systems as the Kia EV6, and as such will take up to 221 kW from high-power DC points. This slightly lower charge rate and efficiency – the Ioniq 5 will cover up to 298 miles on a charge – mean the Hyundai sits just below its sister brand Kia on this list.
The Ioniq 5 will still top up at up to 590 mph, however, and is close to the Kia’s figures, also adding 10-80% charge in around 20 minutes.
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