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Charging your electric vehicle

EV Charging

There are three main types of EV charging; Rapid, Fast and Slow. 

All chargers have different power ratings.

The speed to charge depends on the kW rating of the charger and the maximum speed the car battery can charge at.

Type of EV Charging

Rapid Charging

Rapid Charging
Fast Charging

Fast Charging

Slow (Trickle) Charging

Slow Charging
5 factors that affect the time it takes to charge an EV

TIME TO CHARGE

Size of Battery

The bigger the battery capacity, the longer it will take to charge.

Current Charge

It will take longer to complete a full charge from empty versus if you are simply topping up.

Environmental Factors

During colder weather, it can take slightly longer to charge. Charging is also less efficient.

Max Charge Rate of Charger

You can also only charge at the chargers max charge rate, for example, if you are using a 7kW charger but your vehicle can charge at 11kW it will still only charge at the max 7kW.

Vehicle's Max Charge Rate

You can only charge at the max charge rate of your EV, for example, if your EV has a max charge rate of 7kW it won’t charge any using a 22kW charger.

Summary

The time it takes to charge an electric car can vary significantly and be anything from as as little as 20-30 minutes to over 12 hours depending upon the speed of the charging point and the size of the battery.

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