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How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?
How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?
Jul 21,2023

How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

Electric vehicles (EVs) have taken the automotive world by storm, with an array of manufacturers producing eco-friendly cars, SUVs, and even trucks. While the adoption of EVs continues to soar, the infrastructure for charging these vehicles is still in the process of catching up with the growing demand. Fortunately, EV owners have a viable solution at their fingertips: the option to charge their vehicles conveniently at home.

We understand that you have questions, and your friends here at Mr. Electric are here with some answers. In this brief article, we’ll talk about some types of charging stations and how long they take to charge an electric car. If you ever need a certified electrician or EVSE installer to handle your EV charging station installation, then call Mr. Electric to schedule a convenient appointment.

Level 1 Charging Stations: Basic and Accessible

Level 1 charging is the most fundamental method for charging an electric vehicle and relies on a standard household outlet. While it is the most accessible option for all EV owners, it is also the slowest. Due to its limited electrical output, Level 1 charging typically provides an average of 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging.

While suitable for overnight charging at home or when there is ample time available, Level 1 charging may not be the most practical choice for those who require rapid recharging or extended daily driving ranges.

Level 2 Charging Stations: An Optimal Balance

Level 2 charging stations provide a significant upgrade in charging speed compared to Level 1. These stations require a dedicated 240-volt electrical circuit, which, when combined with a higher amperage, allows for faster charging times. In practical terms, Level 2 charging can provide an average range of 10 to 30 miles per hour of charging.

This improved efficiency makes Level 2 charging ideal for home use, where drivers often require quicker charging times to accommodate their daily travel needs. To make things better, most modern EVs come equipped with onboard chargers compatible with Level 2 charging, maximizing the benefits of this level.

Level 3 Charging Stations: Lightning-Fast Boost

Level 3 charging, also known as DC fast charging, offers the most rapid charging speeds available for EVs. Unlike Level 1 and Level 2, Level 3 charging stations employ direct current (DC) power, bypassing the vehicle's onboard charger and delivering energy directly to the battery.

This accelerated process can provide an average range of 60 to 80 miles in just 20 minutes of charging time! Sadly, zoning restrictions generally forbid level 3 charging stations in homes. DC fast charging is primarily deployed in public charging stations, making it an excellent option for long-distance travel or situations where quick refueling is imperative.

Install Your Own Level 2 Charging Station at Home

While Level 3 charging is out of reach for most and Level 1 charging can be accomplished with a standard household outlet, Level 2 charging necessitates the installation of a dedicated 240-volt circuit by a qualified electrician.

If you’d like to have your own Level 2 charging station at home, then call Mr. Electric to consult with a member of our team. In addition to initial installations, we offer electrical repair service for existing installations if you are having issues.

Call Mr. Electric to consult with a knowledgeable representative and schedule an appointment or urgent dispatch to your location as soon as possible.


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