Which electric cars charge faster?

When choosing, charging power is often a key element. Some cars are much more efficient than others in this area, but it is still necessary to be able to access the terminals capable of delivering all the expected power.

Charging the electric car is not done in the same way at home or in a public terminal. We must already take into account the type of current, which will play a key element in the load speed. Today, almost all electrics on the market accept both direct current, used for fast charging, and alternating current for charging at more moderate speeds. Only some low power and small battery models only run on alternating current. The latter is what is used for Wallbox and other home charging solutions, so don’t expect ultra-fast uploads. You can find public charging stations at alternating current up to 43 kW, however the limiting factor is the power accepted by the charger on board the car, which generally reaches 11 or 22 kW, when not less.

It’s the same story for the DC direct charge: the terminals can deliver between 50 and 350 kW depending on the mobility operator, but the car can only accept a certain power. Therefore, it is necessary to know where to go in order to exploit all the power that your car allows, without being limited by the network, and to know well the technical file of your car to avoid unpleasant surprises. Since not everyone is on the same boat, here is a list of the fastest cars in action, divided into different categories. We are talking here consciously about the maximum power accepted and not the charging time, because the latter can vary greatly depending on the outside temperature, battery temperature, the number of cars connected to the same network … Only you need to know that under an ideal load, vehicles that accept very high power will take less time to refuel.

The super fast

These cars are the ones that accept more power and therefore take less time to recharge in ideal weather conditions. Today in France, only Ionity and Tesla superchargers can provide enough power to make the most of these cars.

The rapids

Slightly less impressive than the models mentioned, these cars remain among the best students on the market.

  • Mercedes EQS: 200 kW (between 11 and 22 kW alternately)
  • BMW iX: between 150 and 195 kW depending on the version (11 kW alternately)
  • Mercedes EQE: 170 kW (between 11 and 22 kW alternately)
  • BMW iX3: 150 kW (between 7.4 and 11 kW alternately)
  • Volvo C40 and XC40 recharging: 150 kW (11 kW alternately)
  • Audi e-tron and e-tron S (+ Sportback version): between 120 and 150 kW depending on the version (between 11 and 22 kW alternately)
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E: between 115 and 150 kW depending on the version (11 kW alternately)

Compare the actual range of the best electric cars according to our standardized measurement cycle. Battery capacity, consumption, autonomy, we tell you everything!

Fast enough to spend just a few minutes in a terminal when you want to regain a few hundred miles of battery life, but these cars require a real break to recover a lot of battery.

Both for the main market references. Obviously, not all the electrics sold today are on this list, but they include the most important and most efficient ones in terms of recharging. Now all you have to do is make yours choice, which will be dictated based on your use of the car and the type of route you do most often. All this taking into account the way you will recharge: if you do it 95% of the time with a Wallbox at home, choose a car whose on-board charger accepts a power as close as possible to that which can offer your equipment. . If, on the other hand, you are often on the road making long trips, fast charging power will be essential.

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