Choosing an electric vehicle based on a long mileage range doesn’t always mean they will charge up quickly

With so many new electric vehicles coming to market, it is important to consider a few different aspects before you decide which vehicle is right you or your business fleet.

How does vehicle charging work?

The charging speed of your electric vehicle is determined by two main elements.

  1. Output: The maximum charging output from the charging socket
  2. Input: The maximum charging power that your vehicle can take

Output: Different charging outputs

There are some standard charging outputs that are commonly deployed in the UK.

Charging point type and power output per socketEnergy supply capacity needed per charge point
3.7kW AC16 amps AC single phase
7kW AC32 amps AC single phase
11kW AC32 amps AC three phase
22kW AC63 amps AC three phase
25kW DC63 amps AC three phase
50kW DC100 amp AC three phase
75kW DC150 amp AC three phase
150kW DC200 amp AC three phase

When you are looking to charging your vehicle using a public charging point, you will find an array of different outputs.

It is important to understand that it is your vehicles maximum charging input that will determine the speed in which your vehicle will charge, not the speed of the charging point alone.

For example, if your vehicle can take a maximum of 11kW AC and you plug your vehicle into a 22kW AC charging socket, the vehicle will only take it’s maximum 11kW which will then determine the charging speed.

Input: Your vehicles charging capacity

With being an electric charging point installer, we commonly get asked by customers to install a 22kW charging socket because they believe their vehicle will charge faster than it would using a 7kW charging socket. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

We have analysed the maximum charging speeds for some of the most common electric vehicles on the market today.

You will be surprised to learn that very few vehicles can charge using a 22kW input.

See how quick each vehicle will charge for 60 minutes using some of the common chargers on the market

We have calculated how miles your vehicle will charge per hour using some of the common AC and DC charging outlets in the UK. We have also included the percentage of the vehicles battery that will be charging during this time:

Kia e-Niro 64 kWh

Car options22kW
AC
25kW
DC
50 KW
DC
75 kW
DC
Kia e-Niro 64 kWh22 miles
9%
75 miles
32%
150 miles
64%
220 miles
94%
Jaguar i-Pace17 miles
7%
60 miles
26%
120 miles
52%
194 miles
84%
VW ID.3 Mid Range34 miles
16%
90 miles
42%
150 miles
70%
260 miles
Full
Renault Zoe ZE50 R13565 miles
33%
85 miles
44%
140 miles
72%
140 miles
72%
Tesla Model 339 miles
20%
90 miles
46%
180 miles
92%
240 miles
Full
Audi e-tron 55 Quattro25 miles
15%
60 miles
35%
120 miles
70%
180 miles
Full
BMW i3 120 Ah34 miles
23%
85 miles
59%
160 miles
Full
160 miles
Full
Nissan Leaf21 miles
16%
88 miles
66%
140 miles
Full
140 miles
Full

Below shows the maximum AC and DC charging capacity for each of the vehicles shown in our comparison table.

Real mileage range of 235 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC7.2kW
DC77kW

Jaguar i-Pace

Real mileage range of 230 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC7.4kW
DC100kW

VW ID.3 Mid Range

Real mileage range of 215 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC11kW
DC100kW

Renault Zoe ZE50 R135

Real mileage range of 195 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC22kW
DC46kW

Tesla Model 3

Real mileage range of 195 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC11kW
DC100kW

Audi e-tron 55 Quattro

Real mileage range of 170 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC11kW
DC155kW

BMW i3 120Ah

Real mileage range of 145 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC11kW
DC49kW

Nissan Leaf

Real mileage range of 135 miles
Power sourceMaximum input
AC3.6kW
DC46kW

Is your car not on our list?

All of our vehicle data is sourced on the Electric Vehicle Database which provides a thorough breakdown of range mileage and charging options for all full electric vehicles on the market and for those soon to be launched.

If you would like free help and advice on how to best charge your vehicle, please contact us on 0208 004 6487, enquires@electriccarchargersuk.co.uk or simply complete the below enquiry form and we come back to you:

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