The fastest electric cars to charge

Range anxiety is still an issue for new electric car buyers, even though 80% of EV charging happens at home and they will rarely need to travel to a DC fast charger. If you really want to avoid public charging at all costs, you’ll want one of the EVs with the longest range (and if cost is your biggest concern, check out our list of the cheapest EVs available). Yet, on those occasions when one needs a splash of electricity in one’s battery to reach one’s destination, they would like to minimize the time spent in front of a charger. With more 350-kilowatt DC fast chargers installed at sites across the country, automakers are releasing electric vehicles better able to take full advantage of that output rate.

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With that in mind, here are the electric vehicles on the market — or that have been announced and are coming soon — that can charge the fastest on a public charger. For these purposes, we classify cars according to their maximum load capacity, indicated in kilowatts (kW). We use 150 kW as the threshold for this list.

Load Speed ​​Variables

Keep in mind that there are a number of variables that affect the practical realities of fast charging, variables that can specifically slow things down. For example, electric vehicles do not maintain this maximum charge rate during the charging session. Battery state of charge affects speed, and the rate drops dramatically when a battery is nearly full. Electric vehicles also have different sized batteries, and a larger battery will obviously take longer to charge. Plus, a lighter, slower vehicle can get more miles on the same amount of electricity than a heavy, fast vehicle like the massive GMC Hummer EV. So even if two vehicles can charge at the same rate, the actual kilometers are returned to the battery. will be different depending on the efficiency of this car. Additionally, factors such as battery age and temperature can affect charging speeds.

We could have calculated charge rates in miles per hour based on the maximum charge rate and battery capacity, but due to some of the variables above, these calculations would not be feasible in the real world. That’s why we’ve landed on peak kW instead for the purposes of this list. We have, however, included the manufacturer’s claims for charging speeds which might help give a better idea of ​​how long it would take to charge the car under ideal conditions. So, without further ado, here are the fastest electric vehicles available now or in the near future.

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GMC Hummer electric: 350 kW

GMC claims the Hummer EV Edition 1 can add nearly 100 miles in 10 minutes.

GMC Hummer SUV: 300kW

GMC didn’t provide an estimate of what that means in terms of miles or battery percentage in a given time frame.

Lucid air: 300 kW

Lucid says fast charging can add up to 300 miles of range in 20 minutes.

Porsche Taycan: 270kW

Porsche equates this to charging the battery from 5% to 80% in as little as 22.5 minutes.

Audi E-Tron GT: 270kW

As the E-Tron GT uses the same battery architecture as the Porsche Taycan, Audi also claims a 5% to 80% charge in as little as 22.5 minutes.

Tesla Model 3: 250kW

Tesla claims its cars can add up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging.

Tesla Model S: 250kW

Tesla claims its cars can add up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging.

Tesla Model X: 250kW

Tesla claims its cars can add up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging.

Tesla Model Y: 250kW

Tesla claims its cars can add up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging.

Genesis Electrified G80

Genesis G80 electrified: 240 kW

Genesis claims the electric version of its G80 sedan can charge from 10% to 80% in 22 minutes with a battery temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that it has a larger battery than the Hyundai group’s E-GMP crossover trio (Genesis GV60, Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5).

Genesis GV60: 235kW

Genesis says the GV60 (which shares the E-GMP platform and 800-volt battery architecture with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, below) can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes.

Kia EV6: 235kW

Like its cousins, the EV6 can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, Kia claims.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: 235kW

You guessed it: Hyundai says it can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes.

Hyundai Ioniq 6: 235kW

This future stablemate of the Ioniq 5 also takes 18 minutes to recharge from 10% to 80%.

Rivian R1T: 220kW

Rivian claims its electric truck can add up to 140 miles of range in 20 minutes.

Rivian R1S: 220kW

Like the pickup, this electric SUV claims to add up to 140 miles of range in 20 minutes.

BMW i4: 200kW

BMW claims the i4 eDrive40 can recover up to 108 miles of range per 10 minutes of charging. The M50 gets 97 miles in the same time frame.

Mercedes-Benz EQS: 200kW

This will take the EQS 450+ from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes. Not bad considering the battery offers a range of 350 miles.

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: 200kW

Mercedes says this future electric SUV will also do 10% to 80% in 31 minutes

BMW iX: 195kW

BMW claims the iX xDrive50 and M60 can claw back 90 miles of range in 10 minutes.

Cadillac Lyriq: 190kW

Cadillac claims this will add 76 miles of range in about 10 minutes of charging.

Mercedes-Benz EQE: 170kW

This future EQE sedan will recharge from 10% to 100% in 30 minutes.

Ford F-150 Lightning: 155kW

This will change the extended range pack from 15% to 80% in about 41 minutes, or 54 miles in 10 minutes. The standard range battery is only capable of charging 120kW, which equates to 15% to 80% in about 44 minutes, or 41 miles in 10 minutes.

Audi E-tron: 150kW

Audi does not specify what this means in terms of charging times.

Ford Mustang Mach-E: 150kW

With rear-wheel drive and the extended-range battery, it charges from 10% to 80% in 38 minutes.

Polestar 2: 150kW

Polestar claims a 30 minute time to boost battery from 10% to 80%

Toyota bZ4X: 150kW

That 150kW figure is for the rear-wheel-drive model. The all-wheel-drive version is limited to 100 kW. Toyota does not specify what this means in terms of charging times.

Volvo C40 charging: 150kW

That’s 10% to 80% in about 35 minutes at a battery temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

2023 Volvo XC40 Refill

Volvo XC40 Charging: 150kW

Volvo says it can charge up to 80% in 40 minutes on a fast charge.

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