Edmunds Charging Test Unveils the Fastest EVs
Edmunds addresses the challenge of comparing EV charging speeds by introducing an independent test. The test combines data from EV-testing specialist P3 and real-world testing by Edmunds.
Understanding Charging Speeds: Miles per Charging Hour
Automakers often present charging speeds differently, making comparisons challenging for consumers. Edmunds’ standardized test measures miles per charging hour, providing an easy-to-compare metric for EV charging efficiency.
Top Performers in Edmunds’ Charging Test
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan leads the test, showcasing a potential of 868 miles per charging hour. Other notable performers include Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and EV9, Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
Charging Efficiency Matters for Long-Distance Driving
Efficiency becomes crucial for long-distance EV drivers. The test highlights the significance of both quick-charging capabilities and energy efficiency, ensuring less time spent waiting and charging.
The Slowest Performer: Chevrolet Bolt EUV
While the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is efficient and well-rated overall, its charging speed lags, achieving only 172 miles per charging hour. This limitation affects its suitability for long-distance travel.
Explaining Charging Levels: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3
Edmunds clarifies different charging levels—Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 3, or fast charging, stands out as the quickest method, ideal for long trips or situations where home charging isn’t accessible.
Consideration for EV Buyers
Edmunds advises EV buyers to consider their driving needs and charging infrastructure. While fast-charging speed might be less critical for city driving with a home setup, it becomes crucial for frequent long road trips, emphasizing the importance of research and consideration.