The fastest charging electric cars of 2022

Range anxiety is still an issue for new electric car buyers, even if 80% of EV charging is done at home and they will rarely need to visit 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). Still, in cases where a person needs a little electricity put back into the battery to get to their destination, they would want 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 rolling out EVs that are better able to take full advantage of this production rate.

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With that in mind, here are the EVs on the market – or announced and coming soon – that can charge the fastest at a public charger. For these purposes, we rank cars according to their peak charging capability, expressed in kilowatts (kW). We use 150 kW as the limit for this list.

Load speed variables

Note 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 cars do not support this peak charging speed during the charging session. The degree of charge of the battery affects the speed, and the speed will decrease significantly when the battery is almost full. Electric cars also have different sized batteries and a larger battery will obviously take longer to charge. Additionally, a lighter, slower vehicle can go more miles on the same amount of electricity than a heavy, fast vehicle like the massive GMC Hummer EV, so while two vehicles can charge at the same rate, the actual miles returned to the battery will vary based on the performance of that vehicle. Also, things like the age and temperature of the battery can affect the charging speed.

We could calculate MPH charging speeds based on peak charging speed and battery capacity, but due to some of the variables above, these calculations would not be achievable in the real world. That’s why, for the purposes of this list, we’ve landed on peak kW instead. However, we’ve included manufacturer claims for charging speeds that might help give a better idea of ​​the time it takes to charge a car under ideal conditions. So, without further ado, here are the fastest charging EVs available now or in the near future.

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GMC Hummer EV: 350 kW

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

GMC Hummer SUV: 300 kW

GMC has not provided an estimate of what this means in terms of miles or battery percentage over a given time period.

Clear air: 300 kW

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

Porsche Taycan: 270 kW

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

Audi E-Tron GT: 270 kW

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

Tesla Model 3: 250 kW

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

Tesla Model S: 250 kW

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

Tesla Model X: 250kW

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

Tesla Model Y: 250 kW

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

Genesis Electrified G80

Genesis Electrified G80: 240 kW

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

Genesis GV60: 235 kW

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: 235 kW

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

Hyundai Ioniq 5: 235 kW

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

Hyundai Ioniq 6: 235 kW

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

Rivian R1T: 220 kW

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

Rivian R1S: 220 kW

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

BMW i4: 200 kW

BMW says the i4 eDrive40 can recover up to 108 miles of range in 10 minutes of charging. The M50 covers 97 miles in the same time.

Mercedes-Benz EQS: 200 kW

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

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: 200 kW

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

BMW iX: 195 kW

BMW claims the iX xDrive50 and M60 can cover 90 miles in 10 minutes.

Cadillac Lyriq: 190 kW

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

Mercedes-Benz EQE: 170 kW

This upcoming EQE sedan will charge from 10% to 100% in 30 minutes.

Ford F-150 Lightning: 155 kW

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 a 120-kW charge, which equates to 15% to 80% in about 44 minutes, or 41 miles in 10 minutes.

Audi E-Tron: 150 kW

Audi doesn’t say what that means in terms of charging time.

Ford Mustang Mach-E: 150 kW

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

Polestar 2: 150 kW

Polestar claims a time of 30 minutes to get the battery from 10% to 80%

Toyota bZ4X: 150 kW

That 150kW figure is for the rear-wheel drive model. The all-wheel drive version is limited to 100 kW. Toyota doesn’t say what that means in terms of charging time.

Volvo C40 Recharging: 150 kW

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

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharging: 150 kW

Volvo says it can charge up to 80 percent in 40 minutes on fast charging.

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