Which models load faster?

Autonomy is not the only criterion to consider when buying an electric vehicle. In addition to the radius of action, the reload speed is an essential parameter if you want to make long trips. But which electric cars can charge faster?

To avoid staying at the terminals during a long journey, you should choose a suitable electric car. While a large battery with an extended range can obviously help, it also needs to be able to recharge quickly. We identified the most efficient models, classified into four categories: city cars, compact sedans, large sedans and SUVs.

Indeed, it would not be very fair to put the super-powerful Porsche Taycan and the Peugeot e-208 in the same basket. For this TOP, we only take into account the charging power in direct current (DC). It is in fact the only type of current used to fill your battery in a fast terminal while traveling.

Also note that we rank vehicles by their maximum “peak” power and not by their average power or load curve. Some models may charge faster than others despite lower maximum power under certain conditions. To better understand this phenomenon, don’t hesitate to take a look at Max Fontanier’s video.

city ​​electric cars

Model Maximum force 0 to 80%
Fiat 500e 85kW 35 minutes
Peugeot e-208 100 kW 30 minutes
Opel Corsa-e 100 kW 30 minutes
honda and 100 kW 30 minutes

Most city cars are not designed to charge at very high speeds. As the category is not the most suitable for long and frequent trips, many models do not exceed 50 kW of charging power. Some, however, offer much greater powers.

This is the case of the Fiat 500 E version, which offers 85 kW. Power only available on long-range versions equipped with a 42 kW battery. Allows the Italian to recover 80% in 35 minutes. The performance is outstanding, as the price of the Fiat 500 E with great autonomy is among the most affordable in its category: €30,200 without bonus.

By slightly increasing your budget, it is possible to switch to higher power with the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e. Both vehicles receive strictly identical technology, from the engine to the battery, via the charging system. There is a common power of 100 kW, allowing to recover 80% of the battery in 30 minutes.

Finally, if the Honda E also claims 100 kW of power, it is significantly more expensive with its €35,890 price tag excluding bonuses.

electric compact sedans

Model Maximum force 0 to 80%
Volkswagen ID3 ProS 125kW 38 minutes
Hyundai Ioniq 5 232 kW 18 minutes
Tesla Model 3 250kW 30 minutes

The best equipped but also the most expensive version of the Volkswagen ID3 is capable of recharging up to a power of 125 kW. It can go from 0 to 80% battery in 38 minutes according to the manufacturer. The performance is not extraordinary compared to the competition, but also for its price: €43,710 without bonus.

Launched just 1 year ago, the ID3 has already been dethroned by more recent models, such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Halfway between the compact and the SUV, the Korean has an impressive charging power of 232 kW. Enough to reduce from 0 to 80% in just 18 minutes thanks to its 800 V architecture. Time for a coffee on the road and the car is ready to go.

With 250 kW of charging power, the Tesla Model 3 takes about 30 minutes to recover 80% of its battery. To benefit from such speed, you will have to opt for any version except the “standard autonomy plus” version which is limited to 170 kW.

big electric sedans

Model Maximum force 0 to 80%
Tesla Model S 200kW 34 minutes
Kia EV6 240kW 26 minutes
Porsche Taycan 270kW 25 minutes
Audi e-Tron GT 270kW 25 minutes

The podium is particularly elitist, there we find the very best in electric technology. Did you think you’d find a Tesla in mind? Think again, with the 200 kW of its Model S, the Californian manufacturer is not the one that offers the most charging power on the market. The Kia EV6, for example, hits 240 kW for 0 to 80% in 26 minutes.

The palm of the hand goes to the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-Tron GT, which boast a power output of 270 kW. They are capable of recovering 80% of the battery in 25 minutes. The Taycan was originally supposed to have 350 kW of power, but Porsche seems to have abandoned the idea of ​​taking performance that far. In any case, this would not have changed much in the charging curve of the race car, which already allows you to recover 100 km of autonomy in 5 minutes.

electric SUVs

Model Maximum force 0 to 80%
Ford Mustang Mach-e 150kW 38 minutes
Audi e-Tron 150kW 30 minutes
Tesla Model X 125 to 225 kW 30 to 40 minutes
Tesla Model Y 250kW 20 minutes

Clothes don’t make the monk: the most compact vehicles have nothing to envy certain giants. The Audi e-Tron does not exceed 150 kW of recharge, despite its pachydermic measurements. Same thing for the Ford Mustang Mach-e, also limited to 150 kW.

The Tesla Model X does a little better. The latest versions of the California SUV can charge up to 225 kW in V3 superchargers. The old ones remain limited to 125 kW on V2 superchargers. So the Model X can go from 0 to 80% in 30 to 40 minutes.

Its little brother, the Model Y, tops the list of the fastest SUVs to load with 250 kW of power. It can recharge up to 80% in just 20 minutes.

To compare load speeds, feel free to use our load time simulator.

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