How Long Does An Electric Car Take to Charge?
This is a question we’re asked frequently, so we thought we’d break it down for you.
The time to charge an electric car is dependent on many variables. For example the size of the battery, and size of the charging point play a huge role.
It could take anything from 30 minutes, to 12 hours to charge an electric vehicle.
An example being a typical Nissan Leaf (30kWh) takes 4 hours to charge from 0 battery. This is with a 7kW home charging unit.
- A 3.7kW Home Charger will typically give you a charge equating to 15 miles per hour;
- A 7kW Home Charger will typically give you a charge equating to 30 miles per hour;
- A Rapid Motorway Charger will charge your car to fharge to full in 30 minutes;
The charging rates can differ based on the ambient temperature, the battery condition, and the maximum charging rate of the vehicle.
These generally provide the fastest way to charge an electric vehicle. They have the potential to provide up to 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.
They’re generally installed at motorway service stations for quicker charging on longer distance journeys.
These are ideal for a quick charge on a long journey, they’re generally not used on a daily basis because the cost they incur.
Top Up Charging
The majority of electric vehicle drivers don’t generally worry about how long it will take to charge, because they top up charge at various point throughout the day.
Rather than wait for their battery to die, they top it up whenever their car is not in use. This could be at places like a supermarket, gym or workplace.
Public charging points typically vary from a 7kW to 22kW, this makes them ideal for top up charging.
If the charging point is a 7kW, this will provide up to 30 miles of range per hour of charge.