Fastest-charging electric cars – 10 of the best options available now

Meet the electric cars with the best fast-charging capability currently on the market...

EV owners tend to fall into two main categories – the ones lucky enough to have access to a home wall box, and those that rely on public chargers. However, even if you charge overnight at home, there are times when you’ll need to use rapid chargers on longer journeys.

If you have to stop off to recharge your electric vehicle, you’re going to want to get back on the road as soon as possible. So, not only do you need to find a rapid charger (150kW or above), you’ll want one of the fastest-charging electric cars

We’ve chosen 10 of the best below, though the eagle-eyed among you will notice that our list is dominated by Hyundai and its sister brands, Kia and Genesis. This is because many of the EVs in these South Korean brands’ ranges are fitted with an 800-volt charging system which is capable of recharging from 10 to 80% at a 350kW DC station in as little as 18 minutes. Most other electric cars are fitted with 400V technology.

And if you’re wondering where you can find a 350kW charger. Well, they are few and far between, but companies such as Gridserve and Ionity are already offering ultra-rapid connections. It’s also worth noting that some EVs with modest ranges and small batteries, ideally suited to the city, can be charged up relatively quickly too.

For instance, the Mazda MX-30 may only have a 35.5kWh battery and claimed 124-mile range, but it can be topped up from 20% – 80% in just 25 minutes using a 50kW charger.

Finally, there are various other factors that can impact how long it takes to fully charge an EV, such as ambient temperature, your battery’s age and degradation level, driving style and whether you have pre-conditioned the battery (bringing it to the right temperature) before you reach a DC station.

The following are some of the fastest-charging electric vehicles. Unless otherwise stated, the times relate to a 10-80% charge…

 

Our selection of 10 EVs with the best fast-charging capabillity
Hyundai Ioniq 6 (7)
Hyundai Ioniq 6
From £47,040

Verdict

9
18 minutes
Hyundai Ioniq 6 - 18 minutes There's nothing like Hyundai's bold 'streamliner' saloon on the road. Oozing kerb appeal, it delivers a long range from its 77.4kWh battery, (up to 338 miles), an excellent ride and handling balance, and it’s packed with the latest safety and drive assistance tech. Crowned World Car of the Year 2023, it also makes maximum use of Hyundai's 800V charging architecture, so a 10-80% charge can be completed in just 18 minutes. Available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, it has an ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0.21.
Read our review of the Hyundai Ioniq 6
Kia EV6 (5)
Kia EV6
From £45,245

Verdict

8
18 minutes
Kia, Hyundai's sister brand, also benefits from the same 800V charging architecture, so the EV6 crossover can achieve a 10-80% boost in as little as 18 minutes too. With a range of up to 328 miles, the EV6 is another winner from Kia – a great blend of style, performance, practicality, technology and long-range capability. Available with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, it was crowned 2022 European Car of the Year and (like all Kia cars) it also comes with a superb seven-year warranty.
Read our review of the Kia EV6
Genesis GV60
Genesis GV60
From £53,905

Verdict

8
18 minutes
Sharing a platform with the Kia EV6 means that this crossover from Kia and Hyundai's upmarket sister brand is also one of the quickest-charging EVs. There are three GV60 specifications (Premium, Sport and Sport Plus) and all versions come with a 77.4kWh battery, but different choices of electric motor. Range is up to 321 miles, while the Sport Plus model gets a boost button on the steering wheel which unlocks a 10-second blast of gut-wrenching power, translating into a 0-62mph time of just four seconds.
Read our review of the Genesis GV60
Hyundai Ioniq 5 (4)
Hyundai Ioniq 5
From £43,455

Verdict

8
18 minutes
Built on the same platform as the Genesis GV60 and Kias EV6, Hyundai's retro cool Ioniq 5 is smooth, spacious, safe, comfortable and easy to drive. It's also loaded with tech, including an 800V charging system. So, only does it have a potential range of 298 miles, but it can charge from 10-80% in just 18 minutes via a 350kW DC connection. And like all Hyundai cars, it comes with a generous five-year warranty.
Read our review of the Hyundai Ioniq 5
Electrified Genesis GV70 (14)
Genesis Electrified GV70
From £65,107

Verdict

8
18 minutes
If you're looking for a classy, practical, pure electric SUV that's a pleasure to drive, then this hidden gem of the Genesis range could be for you. Most of the time it pushes out 436hp and is capable of acceleration from standstill to 62mph in 4.8 seconds. However, if you hit the ‘Boost’ button on the steering wheel you get access to the full power, for about 10 seconds, which is enough to reduce that time to just 4.2 seconds. Meanwhile, its 77.4 kWh gives it a range of up to 283 miles.
Read our review of the Genesis Electrified GV70
Lotus Eletre (6)
Lotus Eletre
From £89,500

Verdict

20 minutes
This long-awaited "electric hyper-SUV" turns heads for all the right reasons. The version with the longest range can cover up to 373 miles on a single charge, while the fastest option is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in a phenomenal 2.95 seconds. Eletre drivers also benefit from the convenience of rapid 350kW DC charging. Just 20 minutes is enough to recharge from 10-80 per cent, or to put it another way, Lotus claims 74 miles of range can be added in only five minutes.
Read our review of the Lotus Eletre
Porsche Taycan (4)
Porsche Taycan
From £79,202

Verdict

10
21 minutes
The Taycan is, quite possibly, the best EV on the market. Available as a saloon, Sport Turismo estate or more rugged Cross Turismo, it's engaging to drive and offers a winning combination of badge appeal, build quality, performance, long range, practicality and driving thrills. At a DC rapid charging station, the maximum power of 225kW charges the Taycan from 10 to 80 percent in around 21 minutes. Like the Audi E-tron GT (they share a platform), it makes use of an 800V electrical system.
Read our review of the Porsche Taycan
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Genesis Electrified G80
From £69,805

Verdict

22 minutes
This elegant saloon is a tad slower than its EV siblings to reach an 80% charge, but 22 minutes is still more rapid than most electric cars. A joy to drive, the G80 has an 87.2kWh battery and can cover up to 323 miles in one charge, yet still accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds.
Read our review of the Genesis Electrified G80
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
From £42,990

Verdict

5
27 minutes
Tesla cars benefit from the same 250kW charging architecture, meaning a 10-80% takes 27 minutes and some 162 miles of driving range can be added in as little as 15 minutes. Whether you choose the entry level Model 3 or the Model Y, Model S and Model X (the latter pair are now only available with left-hand drive) you'll also have access to Tesla's excellent Supercharger network.
Read our review of the Tesla Model 3
Mercedes Benz EQS
Mercedes EQS saloon
From £129,472

Verdict

31 minutes
Currently one of the most aerodynamic road cars in production, this luxury saloon also boasts an impressive long range (up to 452 miles). Sleek, swift and dripping with tech, its fitted with a large 108.4kWh battery and 400V charging system, meaning a 10-80% boost via a 200kW rapid connection takes as little as 31 minutes.
Read our review of the Mercedes EQS saloon
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