How Long Does an Electric Car Take to Charge?

This is a question we are asked most frequently, but honestly the time to charge an electric car is dependent on many variables.

The size of the battery and charging point play a huge role in how long it can take so you are ready to get on the road.

It could take anything from 30 minutes to 12 hours to charge an electric vehicle.

For example, a typical Nissan Leaf (30kWh) takes four hours to charge from zero battery 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 charge to full in 30 minutes

The charging rates can be affected based on the ambient temperature, the battery condition and the maximum charging rate of the vehicle.


Rapid Charging

These generally provide the fastest way to charge an electric vehicle. They have the potential to provide up to 80% charge in just 30 minutes.

You can will usually find these installed at motorway service stations for quicker charging on long distance journeys.

These are ideal for a quick charge but you would not use a rapid charger on a daily basis because of 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’ at various points throughout the day.

Rather than waiting for their battery to die, drivers  will use a charge point to top it up whenever their car is not in use.

This could be at places like a supermarket, gym or even there workplace. There are also helpful apps that can help drivers find their nearest charge points.

Public charging points typically vary from a 7kW to 22kW, which makes them ideal for top up charging.

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