Anyone who drives electric quickly realizes that being able to charge a car quickly is perhaps even more important than a long driving range.

This challenge has also not escaped car manufacturers.

Porsche has already pushed the boundaries with so-called 800 volt technology, Hyundai and Kia will follow later this year with affordable cars.

Recent research by EVBox, provider of charging infrastructure, shows that many consumers still fear that charging an electric car is too time-consuming, although the same research shows that almost three-quarters of drivers of an electric car often use it at home (and therefore ' overnight) to the charger.

As a result, the car in many cases no longer needs a (fast) charger at all during the day and that happens relatively little.

Nevertheless, it is a nice and especially reassuring thought that you can quickly get on your way again when you arrive at the charging station with almost empty batteries, for example during holiday trips.

The groundbreaking 800 volt technology can help.

In the Porsche Taycan, this enables a charging capacity of 270 kW under ideal conditions.

"That equates to an extra 100 kilometers in five minutes or from 5 to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes," said PR manager Jasper Koek of Porsche importer Pon.

For such an electric Porsche Taycan with that charging speed you will lose at least 120,000 euros, but Hyundai and Kia are putting an end to that exclusivity with their upcoming, much cheaper mid-range cars.

The new Kia has no name yet, but will be a crossover.

The new Hyundai will be introduced in February under the new sub-label IONIQ and will be called IONIQ 5.

With the Porsche Taycan you can charge super fast.

With the much cheaper Hyundai's and Kia's it will go even faster this year.

With the Porsche Taycan you can charge super fast.

With the much cheaper Hyundai's and Kia's it will go even faster this year.

Photo: Porsche

Charge 2.5 times faster

Both models are on a newly developed platform, which is suitable for both 400 volt and 800 volt technology.

The charging capacity of the newcomers will therefore be considerably higher, according to unconfirmed reports even at 350 kW, even more than with Porsche.

To illustrate: a charging capacity of 50 kW is currently very common in the middle class.

Recent models can handle 100 kW, a car like the Volkswagen ID.3 (depending on the version) 125 kW.

For its newcomer, Kia is talking about 100 kilometers of driving range in five minutes of charging time and 350 kilometers in less than twenty minutes.

For the IONIQ 5, Hyundai promises that it will take eighteen minutes to charge from 10 to 80 percent.

"This is a factor of 2.5 faster than it is now", explains PR manager Anne Lobbes of Hyundai Netherlands.

"To give you an idea: a KONA Electric with 64 kWh now takes 54 minutes at a 100 kW fast charging station to charge the battery from 0 to 80 percent."

For the sake of clarity: the 800 volt technology has no added value for charging at home.

The power technology of the wallbox at home cannot do anything with it.

The upcoming electric models from Hyundai and Kia are on a completely newly developed platform.

The upcoming electric models from Hyundai and Kia are on a completely newly developed platform.

Photo: Kia

Growing range of correct fast chargers

To use the potential of a high payload, you need a fast charger that supports this speed.

For this reason, Hyundai became a partner in Ionity's 350 kW charging network last year.

In the Netherlands, you can go to only ten locations spread across the country, but they can also be found in almost all other European countries today.

Most of them are located along the main roads in France and Germany, but you can also find them in Lithuania, Hungary, Croatia and southern Spain.

Allego also already has 350 kW fast chargers.

FastNed also has them, but they can now only handle 175 kW;

an upgrade will follow soon, the company promises.

More than fifty FastNed locations have chargers of 150 kW or more, and about half of them already have chargers of 300 kW.

These chargers can now also be found in Belgium, where Fastned opened its first of thirteen new locations last October.

The first of twenty locations in Switzerland was also opened at the end of last year and nine FastNed fast charging stations are due to be built along the important motorways in France.

They should make a summer or winter sports holiday for electric drivers a lot easier.

Ionity's charging stations make fast charging possible in almost all of Europe.

Ionity's charging stations make fast charging possible in almost all of Europe.

Photo: Hyundai

With the new Hyundai you can also charge your bicycle

Where the new, fast-charging Kia is a well-kept secret, a lot of information about the IONIQ 5 has already been leaked.

According to unconfirmed reports, it is 4.64 meters long, 1.89 meters wide and 1.60 meters high.

Depending on the version, the IONIQ 5 has a battery pack of 58 kWh or 73 kWh, which will take you 450 and 550 kilometers respectively.

Four-wheel drive, thanks to two electric motors, is also possible.

In addition, the cars can supply power to the electricity grid via so-called vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G), instead of just the other way around.

Hyundai and Kia also promise vehicle-to-load technology (V2L) for the newcomers, to charge an electric bicycle or other electronic device, for example.

This recently released sketch shows that the IONIQ 5 will have many similarities to the study model 45 EV shown in 2019.

This recently released sketch shows that the IONIQ 5 will have many similarities to the study model 45 EV shown in 2019.

Photo: Hyundai