How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Vehicle?

2022 Mazda MX-30 being charged
 

We’ve all heard about the countless benefits of electric vehicle ownership, but when it comes to day-to-day routines, some North Canton drivers still have questions. Most notably, how long does it take to charge an electric vehicle? The answer will vary depending on your choice of vehicle and charging station. That means charging times for electric cars run from days to mere minutes! Let’s break down the factors involved, and run through a few examples of charging times for electric cars.

 

 

What are My Electric Car Charging Options?

  1. Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): You can actually plug your EV or PHEV into any normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet. Known as Level 1 charging, this is by far the slowest option. It will take days to charge an EV, but it can be a good choice for PHEVs with smaller batteries.
  2. Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: The most common of the electric charging types, level 2 charging draws more power from a 240V+ source. This means charging your car takes hours — a big improvement on level 1 speeds. Level 2 chargers are found in public stations around Canton and Hudson, and you can also install a level 2 charger in your garage.
  3. Public Charging: While out and about in Akron, you’ll find public charging stations around shops and hotels. Most are level 2 chargers, but you can also find DC Fast Chargers that can bring you to an 80% charge in around 40 minutes! Some public chargers are even supplemented with emissions-free renewable energy, like solar panels or wind turbines.

Electric Car Charging: Public vs. Private

How long does it take an electric car to charge at home? Most home chargers offer 3.7 kW or 7 kW charging. A level 1 charger could take days to charge your battery fully, while a level 2 will only take hours. Many drivers opt to top off their batteries overnight, so they are good to go by morning.

How long does it take an electric car to charge at a public station? Rapid charge stations use around 150 kW, which means you can go from a dead battery to 100% charge in around an hour or two. But keep in mind that electric car charging time will depend on your year, make, and model.

Make the Switch with Serra Mazda

We’ve gone through charging times for electric cars, but there’s so much more to explore about today’s green technology. Get to know models like the Mazda CX-90 PHEV at Serra Mazda, and find out why so many drivers are making the switch to hybrids and electric cars! Contact us with your questions, or just stop by our showroom in Akron.

 

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