Which Is The Fastest Of The Chargers?

Fri 13th Dec 2019

If you are confused by the range of options available on the electric car market, a new survey on which cars are the fastest to charge at home may help, or it may not.

The issue of where and when to charge your car has been debated by many. For the fastest charge it is generally considered that your car will be at full potential quicker if you use one of the growing number of public chargers available at supermarkets, many petrol stations or car parks. However general consensus is that too much use of the faster chargers is not good for the longevity of the battery. So the next best option is to charge it at home, but that takes a lot longer to get to a full charge.

New research from WhatCar? has now rated and ranked all of the electric vehicles available on the market, with a wide range of charge times and there is some work to be done from some of the bigger brands in motoring.

Though Tesla are breaking boundaries in electric vehicle development, they are ranked bottom of the pile for their Tesla Model X Long Range vehicle, which takes a time consuming 15 hours to reach full charge. Though it is worth pointing out that once charged it can reach a range of 314 miles. Audi E-tron and Volkswagen ID 3 also take the long range philosophy, but getting a long journey under the bonnet leaves you with some serious charging to do, in excess of 13 hours for both.

At the other end of the scale, we have smaller city vehicles which can be charged in a much shorter window of time, but of course will have a shorter range. The winner for short charge time is the Uniti One, with WhatCar? saying: “Not only is the Uniti One the cheapest electric car on sale (with prices starting from £15,000 after the Government grant), it’s the fastest charging, too. The One comes with a choice of two batteries, a 12kW that charges in one hour or a 24kW that charges in two. They deliver 93 miles and 186 miles of range respectively.”


Fastest Chargers On The Market

  1. Uniti One - 1-2 Hours

  2. Renault Twizy - 3.5 Hours

  3. Smart EQ Forfour - 4 Hours

  4. Smart Fortwo EQ - 4 Hours

  5. Renault Kangzoo Z.E. - 5 Hours

  6. Peugeot iOn - 5 Hours

  7. Mini Electric - 5 Hours

  8. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive - 5 Hours

  9. Hyundai Ioniq Electric - 5 Hours

  10. Ford Focus Electric - 5 Hours