The future of the automotive industry is electric. Data from the International Energy Agency show that the overall global electric car volumes reached 10 million in 2020, a remarkable jump from 2014 when only less than a million EVs were on roads worldwide. By 2030, the number of electric cars is projected to reach 230 million.
If you’re switching to electric yourself for environmental reasons, to benefit from government incentives, or just to enjoy the latest EV innovation, several electric cars of various makes and models are available on the market. Of course, you can always get the cheapest electric car when price is of utmost importance.
But price is just one factor. Charging time is another essential electric car feature to think about when you make your purchase decision. For reference, here are the fastest-charging electric cars currently available.
Top 10 electric cars in terms of charging time
1. Porsche Taycan Plus – 1,050 km/h
2. Audi e-tron GT quattro – 1,030 km/h
3. Kia EV6 Long Range 2WD – 1,010 km/h
4. Porsche Taycan 4S Plus – 1,010 km/h
5. Audi e-tron GT RS – 1,000 km/h
6. Porsche Taycan GTS – 990 km/h
7. Kia EV6 Long Range AWD – 980 km/h
8. Porsche Taycan Plus Sport Turismo – 980 km/h
9. Hyundai IONIQ 5 Long Range 2WD – 960 km/h
10. Genesis GV60 Premium – 960 km/h
The rankings are based on information compiled by the EV Database. Note that the list only mentions EVs already available in European market, so you may not necessarily find these cars at local retailers in the Philippines.
The list is ordered in terms of the DC fast charging rate of the vehicles. The km/h unit mentioned in the list does not refer to the actual speed, but rather indicates the range the vehicle could travel for an hour of DC charging. The vehicle’s actual range on a single full charge may differ.
See also: LTO Classification of Electric Vehicles
The total time needed to fully charge an electric vehicle may depend on weather conditions, the battery temperature, the battery health or deterioration, and other factors. Some car manufacturers also intentionally slow down the charging as the car nears its full capacity for safety reasons and to increase the battery life.
Currently, the top EV in terms of fast charging is the Porchse Taycan Plus, with a DC fast charging rate of 1050 km/h. But it won’t hold the position for long, as newer vehicles are set to surpass it soon. For instance, Hyundai’s upcoming IONIQ 6 Long Range 2WD has a fast charge rate of 1170 km/h.
Other EV Purchase Considerations
Purchasing a new electric vehicle requires thorough research, so you can make an informed decision. For instance, like any other vehicle, you need to know the top speed to determine how long an EV takes to reach your destination. You also need to consider the range of an EV on a single charge, so you can estimate when to go to the nearest charging station. There’s also the seating capacity, acceleration, energy efficiency, among many other factors.