When making your choice, 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 that are capable of delivering all the expected power.
Charging your electric car does not take place in the same way at home or at a public terminal. We must already take into account the type of power that will play a key element in the charging speed. Today, Almost all electrical equipment on the market accepts both direct current used for fast charging and alternating current for charging at more moderate speeds. Only a few models with low power and small batteries only work with AC power. The latter is the one used for Wallboxes and other home charging solutions, so do not expect ultra-fast charging. You can find public charging stations in alternating current up to 43 kW, but the limiting factor is the power accepted by the car’s built-in charger, which usually has a maximum of 11 or 22 kW, when not less.
It’s the same story too DC fast charging: the terminals can deliver between 50 and 350 kW depending on the mobility operator, but the car can only accept a certain force. It is therefore necessary to know where you need to go to be able to utilize all the power your car allows, without being limited by the network, and to know your car’s technical data sheet well to avoid unpleasant surprises. Since not everyone is in the same boat, here is a list of the fastest cars for training, divided into different categories. We are deliberately talking here about maximum accepted power and not about charging time, because the latter can vary enormously depending on the outdoor temperature, the battery temperature, the number of cars connected to the same network … Just know it 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 the greatest power and therefore it takes the least time to recharge under ideal climatic conditions. Today in France, only Ionity and Tesla compressors can supply enough power to get the most out of these cars.
The current drops
Slightly less impressive than the aforementioned models, these cars remain among the best students on the market.
- Mercedes EQS: 200 kW (between 11 and 22 kW alternatively)
- BMW iX: between 150 and 195 kW depending on version (alternatively 11 kW)
- Mercedes EQE: 170 kW (between 11 and 22 kW alternatively)
- BMW iX3: 150 kW (between 7.4 and 11 kW alternatively)
- Volvo C40 and XC40 Recharging: 150 kW (alternatively 11 kW)
- Audi e-tron and e-tron S (+ Sportback version): between 120 and 150 kW depending on the version (alternatively between 11 and 22 kW)
- Ford Mustang Mach-E: between 115 and 150 kW depending on version (alternatively 11 kW)
Compare the real autonomy of the best electric cars according to our standardized measuring cycle. Battery capacity, consumption, autonomy, we tell you everything!
These cars are fast enough to only spend a few minutes at a terminal when you want to regain a few hundred kilometers of autonomy, but these cars require a real break to regain a lot of battery.
So much for the main market references. All the electricity sold today is obviously not on this list, but the most important and most effective in terms of recharging is included. Now just do yours choices that will be dictated by your use of the car and the type of route you take most often. All this while taking into account the way you want to recharge: If you do it 95% of the time on a Wallbox at home, choose a car whose built-in charger accepts a current as close as possible to what your equipment can deliver. If, on the other hand, you are often on the road and making long trips, fast charging power will be crucial.