How long does it take to charge an electric car?
How long it takes to charge an electric car is one of the most frequently asked questions.
Whilst filling up with petrol or diesel only takes a few minutes, the time it takes to charge an EV from low to full is much longer. However, it can be more convenient. Typically electric cars are charged when the car’s not in use, like overnight at home or during the day whilst you’re working.
Change of habits
The majority of people with petrol or diesel cars only fill up when the tank is empty, due to the inconvenience of having to go to a petrol station, with an electric car this can lead to a change in habit, in which you can top up the car each night, or when you park in a car park. Instead of waiting for the battery to get low you have convenience of topping it up at various locations, with new charging stations popping up daily.
Another factor that may impact the number of times you need to charge your electric car or van is temperature. Lithium-ion batteries perform better in warm weather, so you might notice a slight drop in the range your EV can travel in the colder winter months.
In summary, how long it takes to charge an electric car depends on:
- Your car’s battery size
- How many miles you do between charges
- Your charging behaviour, i.e. topping up often vs charging from low to full less often
- The power rating of the charger you’re using