Hyundai and Kia top extensive EV charging test

Max McDee, 21 November 2023

When it comes to owning an EV or considering buying one - be it new or used - one crucial aspect that captivates both consumers and industry experts is the efficiency of charging. Recently, Edmunds conducted an exhaustive EV Charging Test, providing valuable insights into the charging speeds of different electric vehicles. This hands-on evaluation offers a unique perspective on the performance of various EV models currently available in the market.

The definitive guide to fast-charging speeds

Taking the top spot in the Edmunds EV Charging Test is the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Limited RWD (Single Motor), setting a new standard with a rapid charging rate of 868 miles per charging hour. In a close second, the 2022 Kia EV6 Wind RWD boasts an impressive 769 miles per charging hour. Securing the third position is the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Limited AWD (Dual Motor), demonstrating a charging speed of 764 miles per charging hour.

Within the diverse landscape of EVs, Tesla models have consistently demonstrated their capabilities. The 2023 Tesla Model 3 Long Range, a prominent member of Tesla's lineup, achieved a charging speed of 569 miles per charging hour, securing the tenth spot on the list. This performance metric holds particular importance for users embarking on long-distance journeys, prioritizing efficiency.

Kia EV6 placed 2nd Kia EV6 placed 2nd

Similarly, the 2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range, equipped with 20-inch wheels, posted a charging rate of 538 miles per charging hour, reaffirming Tesla's dedication to integrating robust charging capabilities into its vehicles. Additionally, the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, celebrated for its high-performance features, registered a charging speed of 523 miles per charging hour. This data point becomes a critical factor for potential buyers and Tesla enthusiasts, illustrating the fine balance between high-speed performance and charging efficiency in this premium vehicle.

These findings from the Edmunds EV Charging Test provide a comprehensive overview of where Tesla models stand in terms of charging efficiency when compared to their competitors. The test's real-world applicability and empirical foundation establish it as an invaluable resource for both consumers and industry analysts. As Tesla continues to innovate and expand its electric vehicle offerings, such metrics will undoubtedly play a significant role in guiding consumer choices and shaping the future of EV technology.

Ioniq 6 dominated the test with 1st and 3rd best scores Ioniq 6 dominated the test with 1st and 3rd best scores

Although a comprehensive and invaluable tool, the Edmunds EV Charging Test takes one thing for granted - that the highest-speed DC charger is available and works as it should. While this may ring true when it comes to the Tesla Supercharger network, the everyday hit-and-miss adventures of EV drivers looking for a public charging point that works, are becoming the real deal breaker when it comes to buying and owning an EV.


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