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How Long Will It Take To Charge An Electric Car?

It can take from 30 minutes to 12 hours to charge an electric car depends on the size of the battery the car is provided with, and the speed of the EV charging points. For example, a typical electric car like the Nissan Leaf (30kW) takes approximately 4-5 hours to charge from empty using a 7kW charging point.

The chart below illustrates car charging times with different EV charging points:

*Depending on vehicle model and specifications

Factors affecting EV charging speed

Whilst you can obtain an estimated time in which your electric vehicle will take to charge, there are five core factors which you may need to consider:

  1. The size of vehicle battery: The size of EV batteries vary and are measured in kWh. The larger the capacity of the battery, the longer it will take to charge.
  2. The current status of the battery: It may seem common sense but charging your battery when it is empty, or half full will affect the time it takes. If the battery is completely empty it will take considerably longer to charge.
  3. The maximum charging rate of the electric vehicle: It is only possible to charge a battery at the highest rate the vehicle can accept. As with the table above, if your vehicle has a maximum charge rate of 2.7kW, charging using a 7kW EV charging point will not speed up the process.
  4. The maximum charge rate of the ChargePoint: if for example your car’s maximum charging rate is 7kW, but you are using an EV charging point with a maximum output of 3.7kW it will only charge at 3.7kW.
  5. The environment: considering the external environment also affects how long it will take to charge a car. Colder temperatures often result in slower, less efficient charging times.

Electric Car Charging at Home

Home charging stations most frequently have a power rating of 3.7kW or 7kW. Electric car chargers with 22kW are often not available at home unless you have three phase power, which are normally only provided to larger buildings such as office blocks and industrial units.

It is worth noting that not all electric cars can charge using 22kW power, but for some it can be used to charge at a slower speed. Elmtronics always recommend checking with the manufacturer before using a new electric vehicle charging point.

If you want to install an EV charger at home, Elmtronics are experts at providing home car charging solutions offering a range of different options to best suit your needs. Arrange a home EV charging survey or download a brochure.

Rapid Charging

Fast charging car chargers are the fastest way to charge any vehicle, which can provide as much as 80% charge for your vehicle within only 30 minutes of charging time.

Most often, you can find EV rapid charging stations at places like:

  • Highway rest stops / Petrol stations
  • Car dealerships
  • Busy urban areas

Rapid charging offers the ideal solution for time efficient charging. Fast car charging solutions are perfect for charging on the go during long journeys, however, because of their high installation and running costs are often not practical for day to day usage.

However, if you are looking to install an EV rapid charger for commercial or business purposes Elmtronics provide a universal solution for convenient electric vehicle charging.

For rapid car chargers one charger size fits all and some of the benefits of this type of charging solution include:

  • Compatible with all car brands
  • CHAdeMO / CCS / AC 43 kW
  • Available power from 20 to 43 KW in AC and 50 kW in DC

If you are looking for electric car charging at home, public sector charging solutions or electric car chargers for business Elmtronics provide reliable and cost effective solutions tailored to your needs. Find out more about the installation process and get in touch with your local professional team members today.

Enquire today to organise a free, no obligation home charging survey.

2020-05-29T16:23:45+00:00

About the Author:

A marketing professional with over 13 years’ experience in various business sectors including retail, financial services, building industry and public services.Passionate about expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure.