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When buying a electric car it tends to look above all at their autonomy. The bigger it is, the better it seems to be. However, at present, most of the electric cars on the market have autonomies of more than 280 km.

And while it is not a range that can match that of a gasoline car, and even less that of a diesel, it is enough to make more or less long trips. In these cases, the important thing is not so much the autonomy of the car but the time that we are going to be stopped charging.

And to reduce charging time, it is generally more important to have a car with a high recharging power. In principle, the higher the recharging power, the faster the recharging will be and the less time we will be idle.

We have identified the electric cars with the highest recharging power on the market, but since it would not be fair to put a Tesla Model 3 in the same bag as a Renault Zoe, we have arranged them by categories: multipurpose, compact and saloon utility cars, large saloons and SUVs.

Even so, we must be aware that not everything is limited to the power that the car supports, the charging point must also be able to deliver a power at least as high as that accepted by the car. The temperature of the battery and the environment also have an influence.

Ford Mustang Mach-E carga Ionity

For example, if we come from “stepping on it” on the highway and in the middle of summer, it is possible that the battery does not charge for a long time to the maximum that it allows. It will start out strong and gradually go down. Or conversely, in winter with very low temperatures, the charge could be slower than expected, far from starting with the maximum that it can accept. It is something that can be seen in the load curve.

The charge curve represents the way in which the battery is to be charged. In general, the emptier it is, the more power and the longer it will accept. As it charges, the charging power will decrease, up to 80%; at which point the charging power will be very low to preserve the battery.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 load curve (Source: Fastned)

Hyundai Ioniq 5 load curve (Source: Fastned)

The load curve It is managed by the car and each manufacturer has its own loading rules. In the end, this gives us a different overall load curve for each model. This curve will gradually change depending on the temperatures of the battery and the exterior, as well as the initial state of charge.

Multipurpose utility vehicles

Peugeot e-208

A priori, a small electric car is not the ideal car to undertake trips. They usually have a low capacity battery (it is an inherent limitation to the size of the car itself) and consequently many models do not exceed 50 kW of charging power. However, some models offer higher powers.

The Peugeot e-208 Y Opel Corsa-eBoth equipped with the same 100 kW motor (136) and a 50 kW battery, they admit recharges in direct current of up to 100 kW, authorizing a recharge from 0 to 80% in 30 minutes. With a real autonomy of about 280 km, it would be equivalent to just over 225 km of autonomy.

Opel Corsa E

Another notable model is the more powerful version of the Fiat 500 E which enables recharges up to 85 kW. This recharging power is only available in the 118 hp versions that are associated with the 42 kWh battery (there is a 95 hp access version and a 24 kWh battery). This allows the iconic Italian to recover 80% of his energy in 35 minutes. This performance is worth mentioning, as it is also one of the most affordable in its category (from 27,400 euros).

Fiat 500 E

Other models provide load powers of 100 kW, such as the Honda e or the Kia e-Soul, but the limited autonomy of the Honda (200 km) limits it to short trips, while the Kia, despite the 100 kW it authorizes, sees its charging time from 0 to 80% in direct current at 100 kW higher than its rivals: 47 minutes.

BATTERY CAPACITY (useful capacity)

MAXI LOAD POWER

charging time from 0 to 80% in fast charge

price

FIAT 500 E (118 HP / 87 KW)

42 kWh (37.3 kWh)

85 kW

35 min

from 27,400 euros

Opel Corsa e

50 kWh

100 kW

30 min

from 29,700 euros

PEUGEOT E208

50 kWh

100 kW

30 min

from 31,400 euros

Compact and medium saloons

Volkswagen ID.3

The offer of compacts and sedans in an electric key is still very scarce in the market. The compact electric model par excellence on the market, the Volkswagen ID.3 It conforms in the best of cases with a load capacity of 0 to 80% of 125 kW and thus it would take 38 minutes to recover 80% of the 77 useful kWh of its battery. Twice as much as a Tesla Model 3. The CUPRA Born, meanwhile, it has the same 125 kW charger as its first cousin, the Volkswagen ID.3.

Cupra Born

Regarding the Nissan Leaf, one of the pioneers of the segment and of the electric car in general, despite the 100 kW of charge it admits, it takes on average about 90 minutes to recharge from 0 to 80%. And it is that its battery lacks an active cooling system. Recall that the higher the charging power, the more the battery temperature can rise in the process, hence the importance of active liquid battery cooling.

If we talk about sedans that are not luxury models, the offer is even more limited with only the Tesla Model 3 and the BMW i4 present. And when it comes to being the fastest recharging, it is no surprise if we find the Tesla Model 3 and its ability to recharge at 250 kW.

Tesla Model 3

In that case depending on the model and its battery, we are talking about between 20 and 26 minutes to go from 0 to 80% charge. Of course, only the most recent Model 3 have capacity for loads up to 250 kW, in the same way that not all Superchargers of the brand deliver 250 kW, only the most recent ones (such as those installed in Benavente, for example) can deliver 250 kW. From the brand they assure that the oldest Superchargers will be updated little by little.

Bmw I4

In any case, the BMW i4 It is also not left behind with the possibility of charging at 200 kW, thus needing 30 minutes to recover 80% of the 80.7 kWh useful from its battery.

BATTERY CAPACITY (USEFUL CAPACITY)

MAXI LOAD POWER

CHARGING TIME FROM 0 TO 80% IN FAST CHARGING

PRICE

bmw i4

83,9 (80,7 kWh)

200 kW

30 min

from 59,900 euros

CUPRA Born

82 kWh (77 kWh)

125 kW

38 min

from 37,400 euros

Nissan Leaf 62 E +

62 kWh

100 kW

90 min

from 37,770 euros

tesla model 3

na (60 kWh and 75 kWh, depending on version)

250 kW

from 20 to 26 min depending on battery

from 46,990 euros

volkswagen id.3 Pro S 150 kw (204 CV)

82 kWh (77 kWh)

125 kW

38 min

from 42,325 euros

Large saloons

Audi E Tron Gt

It is a segment in which luxury models reign. It’s also where we find the two absolute charging power champions. Namely, the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT. Both models can charge up to 270 kW.

Porsche Taycan

They are capable of recovering 80% of the battery in 23 minutes. In the beginning, the Taycan was going to have 350 kW of power, but Porsche seems to have abandoned the idea to bring the power so high. Anyway, it would not have changed much the load curve of the car, which is already capable of recover 100 km of autonomy in 5 minutes.

Mercedes Eqs

The new Mercedes EQS it accepts, for its part, up to 200 kW, thus allowing it to recover 80% of the 107 useful kWh in 30 minutes. Nor can we forget the new Tesla Model S that supports loads of up to 250 kW. But the American model still not available in Europe.

BATTERY CAPACITY (USEFUL CAPACITY)

MAXI LOAD POWER

CHARGING TIME FROM 0 TO 80% IN FAST CHARGING

PRICE

audi e-tron gt

93.4 kWh (83.7 kWh)

270 kW

23 min

from 105,940 euros

mercedes eqs

nd (107.8 kWh)

200 kW

31 min

from 117,125 euros

porsche taycan

93.4 kWh (83.7 kWh)

270 kW

23 min

from 93,631 euros

tesla model s

nd (100 kWh)

250 kW

from 34 to 38 min depending on version

not available in Europe at the moment

Compact and large SUV

Peugeot E 2008

It is clear that the market demand SUV, which is a golden opportunity for brands. Not only can they charge more for the car compared to an equivalent passenger car, but it is also easier to integrate a battery in an SUV than in a saloon. Thus, there are SUVs in all segments, from multi-purpose urban SUVs to seven-seater, 5-meter-long SUVs.

Kia EV6

In the case of the more compact SUVs, the Peugeot e-2008 Y DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, both with a 136 hp motor and a 50 kWh battery, support loads of up to 100 kW of power. Going up in range and dimensions, Tesla prevails again, this time with the Model Y that supports up to 250 kW. According to Tesla, in 15 minutes it could thus recover 275 km of autonomy in 15 minutes.

Model Y is followed by the Korean duo Hyundai Ioniq 5 Y Kia EV6, with 220 kW and 240 kW, respectively. Under ideal conditions, the two Korean models could recharge from 0 to 80% in just 18 minutes.

If we go to the very high-end models. The new BMW iX xDrive50 supports up to 200 kW, the only way to recharge 80% of its 105 kWh in 35 minutes. The xDrive40 version is satisfied with 150 kW, but with a 71 kWh battery, it is enough to reach 80% in 30 minutes.

As for the new Tesla Model X, with its 250 kW of charging power, remains unavailable in Europe until further notice.

BATTERY CAPACITY (USEFUL CAPACITY)

MAXI LOAD POWER

CHARGING TIME FROM 0 TO 80% IN FAST CHARGING

PRICE

BMW iX xDrive50

111.5 kWh (105.2 kWh)

200 kW

35 min

from 102,600 euros

ds 3 crossback e-tense

50 kWh

100 kW

30 min

from 40,450 euros

hyundai ioniq 5

nd (77.4 kWh)

240 kW

18 min

from 45,110 euros

kia ev6

nd (77.4 kWh)

240 kW

18 min

from 48,172 euros

mercedes eqA

nd (66.5 kWh)

100 kW

32 min

from 49,900 euros

PEUGEOT E-2008

50 kWh

100 kW

30 min

from 35,850 euros

Tesla model and

na (60 kWh and 75 kWh, depending on version)

250 kW

from 20 to 26 min depending on battery

from 64,000 euros

tesla model x

nd (100 kWh)

250 kW

from 34 to 38 min depending on version

not available in Europe at the moment

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