How Long Does it Take to Charge an Electric Car?

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Electric car charging time is a lot more variable than a single headline, but it really depends on only two factors: the charging station and the inverter in the car. So, how long does it take to charge an electric car near Dayton? If you just plugged the average EV into any outlet, like you would a computer or a phone, it could take a couple days. Use a Level 2 charger that you can have installed in your garage, and you will have a full charge in a couple hours. When you plug a current generation EV into a proper fast charger though, you can be ready for the next leg of your trip in less than 20 minutes. This works out perfectly, since by the time your EV needs a charge again, you’ll likely need to eat again. To learn more about EV charging time, get in touch with us, or read on!



Electric Car Charging Options

  1. Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): A normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet (Level 1 charging) doesn’t offer a fast charging speed, but it’s a good option for topping off some of the charge you used commuting to work that day. How long does Level 1 charging take? Usually around 24 hours or more for a full charge. In other words, expect it to take days, not hours, to charge with this method.
  2. Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: Level 2 charging stations are typically professionally installed. Level 2 charging uses rapid (usually 240V+) chargers most often made for your brand of car and will have significantly faster charging rates than using a regular grounded household outlet. Think hours, not days. DC fast chargers (as opposed to AC ones) are also common. It’s not unheard of to obtain an 80% charge in a half an hour or forty minutes with this type of charging method, but that extra 20% will take longer as there’s a diminishing rate of charging speed near full charge.
  3. Public Charging: You can charge on-the-go in Springfield at parking garages, malls, hotels, and even apartment buildings. You’ll often find charging stations at big-name national stores like Walgreens and Kohls, and more charging stations are being added every day across the country. These charging stations vary in type and speed, but often provide Level 2 charging speeds for greater convenience. Some public chargers even offer emissions-free renewable energy charging with solar panels or wind turbines!

Typical Domestic Charging Electric Car Charging Time

Springfield drivers can expect these kinds of charging times:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car.
  • Level 2 EV charging takes hours to fully charge an electric car. Generally speaking, a single night of Level 2 charging is sufficient to fully recharge an EV.
  • Level 3 EV charging can fully recharge most EVs in an hour or less, or add significant range in just ten minutes.

Level 3 EV charging is only at specific stalls, but it’s perfect for road tripping. Level 2 at-home charging is more than enough for daily errands, as the vehicle charges overnight.

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