- How Much Time Do I Need to Fully Charge My EV?
- Factors That Impact EV Charging Time
- Other Factors That Impact Electric Car Charging Time
- Frequent Questions and Answers about Electric Car Charging Speed
Charging StationThe power rate of EV charging stations is one of the main aspects affecting the electric car battery charge time. Charging stations are categorized by charging levels, according to the power delivered to the EV. Chargers may use AC or DC power, while they can also be classified into Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 charging stations. AC charging is performed with Level 1 and Level 2 EV charging stations. With a Level 1 EV charger featuring a 1kW power rate the time to fully charge an electric car is estimated at 40 to 50 hours. Using a level 2 EV charger with a power rate of 7kW up to 19kW, the average time to recharge an electric car is 4 to 10 hours. Level 3 or DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations directly inject DC power into the EV battery. This rapidly recharges the battery at a power rate of 50kW or up to 350kW. Fast charging time for electric cars is estimated at 20 minutes or up to 1 hour, depending on the power rate capacity of the DCFC station.
EV Battery CapacityThe EV battery capacity directly affects the average time it takes to charge an electric car since a high-capacity battery (more than 50kWh) will require more energy to get fully charged than a smaller one. The following list shows multiple battery sizes for the most popular EVs sold in the country:
- Tesla Model Y – 75.0 kWh
- Tesla Model 3 – 57.5 kWh
- Ford Mustang Mach-E – 70.0 kWh
- Chevrolet Bolt – 66.0 kWh
- Volkswagen ID.4 – 52.0 kWh
EV On-board Charger CapacityA final aspect limiting the time required to charge the electric car battery is the maximum AC charging capacity for the installed EV on-board charger. DC charging is also limited to a maximum power rate. To summarize and consider all aspects, the following table illustrates the electric vehicle charging time for popular EVs in the market considering all three factors:
Estimated EV charging time
|EV||Battery (kWh)||Level 1 (1 kW)||Level 2 (7 kW)||Level 2 (Max AC)||Level 3 (Max DC)|
|Tesla Model Y||75||75 hours||10.5 hours||6 hours & 49 minutes @ 11kW AC||18 minutes @ 250kW DC|
|Tesla Model 3||57.5||57.5 hours||8 hours||5 hours & 13 minutes @ 11kW AC||20 minutes @ 170kW DC|
|Ford Mustang Mach E||70||70 hours||10 hours||6 hours & 21 minutes @ 11kW AC||38 minutes @ 109kW DC|
|Chevrolet Bolt||66||66 hours||9.5 hours||8 hours & 55 minutes @ 7.4kW AC||1 hour & 19 minutes @ 50kW DC|
|Volkswagen ID.4||52||52 hours||7.5 hours||7 hours & 13 minutes @7.2kW AC||26 minutes @ 118kW DC|
Remaining BatteryNot all EV drivers entirely drain the battery of their EVs before charging them back up again, some of them connect their EVs to a charging station even when there is a remaining percentage charge at the battery. This affects the charging time for an electric car because it will logically take more time to fully charge an EV battery from zero than it would take from a higher percentage state of battery.
Extreme TemperaturesExtreme temperatures (hot or cold) can deeply impact the time required to charge an electric car, since it reduces the charge accepted by the battery. Lithium-Ion batteries like the ones installed at EVs, charge better at temperatures of 32ºF (0ºC) up to 113ºF (45ºC). EV batteries charge at a much slower speed at below-freezing temperatures and they may charge at above 113ºF temperatures but this shortens their lifespan.
1. What Should I Know About Rapid Charging?Rapid charging is Level 3 or DCFC. EVs are able to charge at a much higher power rate when Rapid Charging since the AC to DC conversion occurs at the charging station, and not at the on-board charger. The time required for charging an electric car with DCFC is extremely short, but constantly charging with DCFC reduces the lifespan of the battery by around 10%, this is why charging overnight with a Level 2 AC charger is the most recommended option.
2. What Is Top Up Charging?Top up charging means charging an EV when there is still remaining charge in the battery. This is positive since it reduces charging times for electric vehicles. You may connect your EV even if it has only been discharged 30%, 50%, or another percentage and charge it back up to 100% by top up charging. This is a good practice since avoiding a high Depth of Discharge may extend the lifespan of your EV battery.
3. How Much Range Do I Get Per Hour of Charging?Charging your EV for an hour extends the range of your vehicle by a certain mileage. This depends directly on the efficiency of the EV and the power rate of the charging station. Considering the average charging time for electric cars and their efficiency, Level 1 EV chargers can add up to 5 miles per hour. Level 2 EV chargers can add up to 25 miles per hour, and DCFC may add from 100 up to 200 miles in just half an hour of charging.
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Nick Zamanov is a head of sales and business development at Cyber Switching. He is an expert in EV infrastructure space and he is an EV enthusiast since 2012, Since then Nick strongly believed that electric vehicles would eventually replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars.