Charging an electric car is as simple as plugging it in at the nearest charging station or plug, but precisely how long depends on where you charge it, and your car model. The main options for charging an electric car are charging it at home (typically overnight), or at a public charging point.
How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?
When it comes to charging at home, you have a couple of choices – either plug it in to a standard UK socket or alternatively install a home charging point instead.
The majority of electric cars can be recharged in 9-10 hours on a standard 230V power socket. The idea is to charge the electric car overnight, but still, this takes quite a long time.
The better solution is to install a home charge point, as they cut down the charging time by almost half. With a home charge point, an electric vehicle can be recharged within 4-6 hours.
Using a standard socket is the easiest option, as it doesn’t require any additional setup or installations, but it is also by far the slowest option. Using a home charge point will allow you get much faster charging times as a result.
How long does it take to charge an electric car at a public charging point?
Public charging points are the quickest way to top up your electric car’s batteries if you are out and about. They can be found most commonly in motorway service stations and public car parks.
The standard fast chargers usually come in 7kWh and 22kWh varieties. The 7kWh charger is able to add 30 miles to the cars range per hour, whereas the 22kWh can add 80miles in the same time.
If you’re looking to really charge up your electric as quickly as possible, there are also rapid chargers that charge at 50kWh. These can add 80miles in just 30 minutes, but they are more expensive than the fast chargers.
Tesla superchargers currently charge at around 120kWh – which means a tesla model-s can get charged to max capacity from empty, in just 75minutes.
Of these options, the best one is probably the standard fast charger, as although it charges slower, it is much more affordable, and common in the UK.