How quickly can you charge 9 popular electric SUVs in Ukrainian conditions: test

The First Electric team, as part of its review of 9 popular electric crossovers, decided to test the charging speed of these electric vehicles.

The experiment took place at the first charging station in Kyiv with a power of 240 kW. For the test, we chose the Hyundai Ioniq 5, whose battery is designed for such power, and the Volkswagen ID.4, together with the MG Marvel R, is capable of receiving only 100 kW.

The Ioniq 5 battery was warmed up and had 16% charge when charging started. After 4 minutes the power increased to 185 kW. Up to 30% charge the power was almost 190 kW, and then decreased to 140 kW. At 70% the power was 125 kW, and at 88% it was 67 kW. In total, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 was charged from 16% to 90% in 27 minutes.

Simultaneous charging of Volkswagen ID.4 and MG Marvel R also showed good results. The MG crossover was connected to the station via a CCS 2 Combo port, and ID.4 via GB/T. The Marvel R accepted 83 kW of power, while the ID.4 peaked at 250 A and accepted 88 kW of power.

Meanwhile, other electric crossovers were charged at the Viwatt charging hub, whose stations are capable of delivering a maximum power of 160 kW. BYD Song Plus Champion is capable of receiving power of 142 kW and immediately managed to show the declared power. Interestingly, after the BYD battery was charged to more than 90%, the car still continued to accept about 50 kW of power.

The all-wheel drive Nissan Ariya was connected to stations where another car was already charging, but even in such conditions it received a power of 75 kW, which can be considered a pretty good result. At the same time, the front-wheel drive version showed maximum power.

In general, the First Electric Train team found that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 charges the fastest of all 9 cars, thanks to the support of a powerful charging station, and the MG Marvel R has the slowest charging time.