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How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Limited
 

Electric vehicles are more popular than ever in the Anderson, and it’s easy to see why! They boast excellent performance specs, earn their drivers huge savings by eliminating gasoline, and often qualify for state and federal tax incentives. Hyundai currently offers two electric vehicles – the KONA and the IONIQ – as well as several hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.

 

 

If you’ve just bought your EV, or if you’re considering bringing one home, you probably have a lot of questions. After all, electric cars operate a bit differently from their gasoline-powered counterparts, mainly in that they need to be recharged regularly in order to keep running properly. So, how long does it take to charge an electric car? It depends on which kind of charger you use—there are three main types, two of which are residential and one of which is found at public charging stations. It also depends on the size of the EV’s battery pack. We can’t give you one single answer to the question of an electric car charging time, but we can give you more information on what to expect from each level of charging. 

EV CHarging Options: Level 1, 2, and 3

  • Level 1 – Domestic Outlet Home Charging – A Level 1 outlet is the kind you’ll find all throughout your house and beyond, with three prongs. Level 1 outlets are used to power everything from your computer to your microwave, and they can be used to power your car as well! However, since a car is quite a bit larger than a microwave, Level 1 chargers take the longest to charge up your EV. 
  • Level 2 – Brand-Approved Domestic Charging – Level 2 chargers are the most common chargers used for EVs, offering 240V of power compared to 110V or 120V with Level 1. They typically need to be installed by a professional and can top off your car to 80% in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Level 3 – Public Fast Chargers – DC Fast Chargers are becoming increasingly common thanks to networks like Electrify America and others. These public charging stations can be found throughout Yorktown and beyond, offering rapid charging in as little as 30 minutes! Some chargers even use solar power or wind turbines to charge your EV using emissions-free renewable resources. 

Domestic Electric Car Charging Time

As we discussed above, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers offer very different charging times for an EV. While Level 1 chargers are more common, Level 2 chargers are more powerful and are more specifically intended for electric cars. Here are some estimates:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car. 
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes several hours to fully charge an electric car, easily reaching a full charge overnight. You can also typically get between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging, leading a lot of EV drivers to intermix daytime “top-off” charging with full overnight charging.

If you drive a plug-in hybrid, or PHEV, you have to plug it in to recharge the battery. However, since PHEVs run simultaneously on electric power and gasoline, they often take much quicker to fully charge, often reaching 100% in as little as one to four hours.

Public EV Charging Time

Your average EV home charger offers charging at 3.7 kW or 7 kW. Public charging stations can offer much more power, though, usually at least 22 kW and as much as 150 kW for rapid charging. If you exclusively charge your vehicle in public, you could potentially get a full charge in as little as an hour. Charging times vary, however, and can take anywhere from 4 to 11 hours to get your EV up to 100%. 

Find Your Next EV at Greg Hubler Hyundai!

If you’re still on the fence about bringing an EV home for yourself, consider getting behind the wheel and taking an available model out for a test drive! Just contact our office or stop by our dealership near Marion and we’ll get you behind the wheel in no time. You can also reach out with any questions, or to learn more about our fleet of Hyundai hybrid and electric vehicles, and a member of our team will be happy to help you.

 

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