How Long Does It Take To Charge an Electric Vehicle?

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Modern new vehicles are becoming more and more fuel-efficient. Some manufacturers even take it to the next level by providing an all-electric vehicle that’s capable of driving on full electric power. As you go on your search for the perfect Forest Grove commuter, it’s possible you’ve come across an electric vehicle that you’re interested in. However, you’re likely wondering, “How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle,” before you commit to taking one home.

This is a question many of our shoppers ask us, but truthfully, there are many variables that can play into how long it takes to charge an electric car. Today, the experts at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge will take a deep dive into electric car charging times and what that all entails to help you make your decision!

Different Ways To Charge an Electric Car

Before we answer, “How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle,” it’s important to differentiate the various ways you can charge an electric car. Depending on how you charge your electric vehicle, it can affect how long it takes to reach a full charge. Before you begin looking for an electric vehicle for your Aloha adventures, let’s take a look at the different ways you’ll be able to charge your electric car:

  • Traditional Household Outlet: One of the most popular ways electric car owners charge their vehicle is with a normal grounded three-prong wall outlet. This wall outlet is usually 110V/120V and is considered to be level 1 charging which means fast charging isn’t typically available.
  • Brand-Approved Domestic Charger: Brand-approved chargers are considered a level 2 charger. This charging option uses a 240V+ rapid charger which provides incredible quick-charging abilities and often allows for fast charging.
  • Public Chargers: Public chargers are usually found at parking garages, malls, hotels, and even apartment parking complexes. These charging stations can vary but most provide level 2 charging so that you don’t have to wait around. They can knock out two birds with one stone by allowing you to charge your electric vehicle while you’re parked so you can walk around town to handle any errands.

Average Electric Car Charging Times

Now that we’ve gone over the different types of charging stations you’ll have available for your electric vehicle, we can touch on how long it takes to charge an electric vehicle. Electric vehicles provide plenty of benefits and their technology is quickly improving to better fit with every Beaverton lifestyle. As technology advances, so does their charging abilities, so let’s take a look at the average electric car charging times below:

  • Level 1 electric vehicle (EV) chargers with a lower voltage can often take anywhere from 24 hours to several days to provide a full charge.
  • Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers have a higher voltage level as we discussed. This means they can provide a full charge in just several hours.
  • Depending on the power level provided by the charger, the times can further vary. On average, home chargers allow for 3.7 kW to 7 kW of charging while public chargers can offer anywhere from 22 kW to 150 kW, meaning you can get a full charge much quicker if you’re at a charger that has a higher power level.

An important distinction to note is that if your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle, it can take less time to charge since they have the ability to use both the electric motor and gasoline-powered engine. To learn more about the different hybrid and electric vehicle types, you can check out our hybrid vehicles guide or visit us for more information.

Learn More About Electric Vehicles Today at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge!

If you’re still unsure if an electric vehicle is right for you, come on down to our Hillsboro showroom and browse our electric vehicle inventory or to get more information from our team. Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge wants to help you find the perfect vehicle, whether it’s an electric or gasoline-powered car. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us for assistance!

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