Types and types of chargers
There are three types to choose from for electric cars: Level 1 chargers, Level 2 chargers, and DC fast charging. DC fast chargers cost more, but take less time to charge than the Level 1 charger.
Level 1 Charging Time
Level 1 chargers generally provide about 4-5 miles of range for each hour of charging. The charger can charge your car for up to 24hrs if it is completely charged. Level 1 chargers are ideal for overnight charging at home and topping up your battery while you’re on the road.
Level 2 Charging Time
The most common charging station is Level 2. They can be found at charging stations that are public, workplaces, and homes with charging equipment. These chargers require a 240-volt outlet to provide 25 miles of range each hour. The Level 2 charger takes between 4-8 hours for an electric car to charge fully.
DC Fast Charging
DC fast chargers for electric cars are the fastest option. They can charge your car up to 80% in less than 30 minutes. These chargers use direct current to quickly charge the battery. However, they are also the most difficult to install and maintain. DC fast chargers may be found in public charging stations near major highways and urban areas.
Factors Affecting Charging Time
A variety of factors can influence the charging time for electric cars, including the size of a battery, the charging capability of the charger, and the battery’s state of charge. The battery’s ability to accept a charge can be affected by cold temperatures.
The type of charger used to charge an electric car and the size of the battery can have an impact on how long it takes to fully charge. Level 1 chargers take 24 hours to fully recharge a depleted car battery. DC fast-charging chargers can charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes. Level 2 chargers offer up to 25 miles per hour and are the most common. When you purchase an electric car, make sure to check the charging times and availability of charging stations.