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That’s how long it really takes e-cars to charge!

The battery size is important when buying an e-car – but the maximum charging capacity is just as important. If the battery is full again in no time at all, the long distance can be covered in a tolerable time frame even with a smaller battery.

The best electric cars

Selected products in tabular overview

BMW iX xDrive50

BMW iX

RRP from EUR 77,300, savings: up to EUR 13,386

Kia EV6

Kia EV6

RRP from EUR 44,990, savings: up to EUR 14,069 / in leasing from EUR 274

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

Mercedes EQS

RRP from EUR 97,807, savings: up to EUR 6,152

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

RRP from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,280 / in leasing from EUR 234

Audi Q4 e-tron 40

Audi Q4 e-tron

RRP from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,420 / best leasing price: EUR 89

Skoda Enyaq iV80

Skoda Enyaq iV

RRP from EUR 34,600, savings: up to EUR 11,584 / best leasing price EUR 124

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30

RRP from EUR 34,490, savings: up to EUR 13,035 / in leasing from EUR 90

Smart EQ Fortwo

Smart EQ for two

RRP from EUR 21,940, savings: up to EUR 8,240 / in leasing from EUR 77

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

RRP from EUR 46,560; Savings: up to EUR 7,975 / best leasing price EUR 289.00

Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e

RRP from EUR 30,400; Savings: up to EUR 11,920.00

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge

RRP from EUR 48,650; Savings: up to EUR 9570.00


Only fast charging makes electric driving suitable for everyday use – so keep your eyes open when buying a vehicle, because not all e-car models charge so quickly. Which electric car is the fastest to fill up again?

These are the load masters – e-cars with top loading speeds

By the way, the gap to the midfield is not that big. You can also get an electric car for significantly less money, which takes about three quarters of an hour to fill the batteries on the fast charger. Time to take a lunch break and stretch your legs a little.

That’s how fast the middle class of modern electric cars charges

Of course, there are also the “snails” among the e-cars – there is no longer any talk of fast charging here. Dacia Spring and Elektro-Smart only offer “fast charging” for a surcharge – and with a maximum charging capacity of 22 or 30 kW, it’s not really fast even then. Good news: Because of the relatively small batteries, the charging stop does not last forever.
The 26.8 kWh Dacia battery can be charged from 0 to 80 percent in 50 minutes at the fast charging station. Dacia can gild the optional CCS charge for 800 euros (base price: 22,550 euros). With the optional 22 kW charger, the Smart EQ needs 40 minutes from 0 to 80 percent, but its battery only has a capacity of 17.6 kWh. Smart collects 990 euros for this extra, with a base price of 21,940 euros.

There are so many fast charging connections in Germany

The infrastructure for fast charging is there: there are currently (July 2022) around 10,000 charging points in Germany where direct current of at least 22 kW flows.

US electric car manufacturer Tesla is now launching the third generation of its superchargers, which have a charging capacity of up to 250 kW. Many stations in Germany and Europe are equipped with it, the older ones still have 150 kW.

Ionity even has fast charging stations with up to 350 kW in its range. But in addition to 14,500 charging points worldwide, the Californians at Tesla have another speed ace up their sleeve: their sophisticated software, which is primarily reflected in the range.

The battery management of the e-car is crucial

But for a quick filling of the batteries not only the columns, but also the battery management of the electric car are decisive. And Audi boasts that it has developed particularly sophisticated control software that keeps the charging curve at a high level for a long time. The 95 kWh battery of the Audi e-tron 55 quattro is 80 percent full in 30 minutes at a 150 kW charging station.

It takes around 45 minutes for the battery to be fully charged. Still a very good value, since the last 20 percent take longer due to the cell chemistry of the battery. From about 80 percent charge, the voltage no longer increases. At the same time, the current used for charging decreases continuously.

Why the occupancy of the charging stations plays a role

In this area, the Ingolstadt company plays in the Tesla league. According to the technology and charging service company The Mobility House, the batteries of a Tesla Model S with a 100 kWh battery are 80 percent full after around 38 minutes with a charging capacity of 118 kW.

Tesla itself admits: “However, the peak charge rate depends on the individual vehicle and varies due to the capacity and age of the battery pack, its state of charge and the ambient temperature.”

Electric cars really charge that fast

With its superchargers, Tesla is considered the ultimate in fast charging.

The occupancy of the charging stations also plays a role. If possible, one should choose a charging station with a pure number identification that is not connected to another vehicle. Since the charging current is shared at charging stations A and B, it is otherwise advisable “if possible to choose a charging station with a vehicle that is almost fully charged.”

This is how fast Volkswagen ID.3, Opel Corsa-e and Co

With the VW ID.3 with the 77 kWh battery, the maximum charging power is 125 kW, which fills the batteries in 40 minutes. At 110 kW, the 80 kWh battery of the Mercedes EQC is filled from ten to 80 percent within 40 minutes. With the Opel Corsa-e (50 kWh), half an hour passes before the batteries are 80 percent full.

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In the case of the Renault Zoe with a 52 kWh battery, it takes 70 minutes at a 50 kW charging station to reach 80 percent. That leaves the Porsche Taycan Turbo S with its 800 volt voltage and a charging time of around 22 minutes before the 93.4 kWh battery is 80 percent full with a maximum charging capacity of 270 kW.

How the Wallbox prepares charging power in a bite-sized way

In order for the juice to flow into the cells as quickly as possible, a number of things have to fit together. Some manufacturers pre-condition the batteries when the navigation system spits out a fast charger as the next refueling stop. And without a fast charger, you often have to use a wall box or an AC charging station.
Electric cars really charge that fast

Without a fast charger, a wall box is strongly recommended for quick filling of the battery in the home.

An onboard charger prepares the bite-sized electricity for the battery, which is used to direct current. If this only allows single-phase charging instead of three-phase charging, charging with electricity takes a lot longer.

In Germany, this type of battery charging is limited to 4.6 kW (230V/20A) in order not to promote an unbalanced network load. However, everything has to fit. If the technology regulates this value down, sometimes one night is not enough.

That’s why a three-phase charging cable costs extra

And why not design the onboard charger with three phases and thus increase the maximum charging speed to 22 kW (the other power levels are 3.6/7.2/11 kW)? Because of the costs: A single-phase onboard charger is significantly cheaper than the three-phase variant. That’s why a three-phase charging cable costs 720 euros extra for the Opel Corsa-e.

By the way: charging a Tesla Model S with a 100 kWh battery would take about 43 hours at a household socket with 2.3 kW (10 A, 230 V).

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